iPlods on the beat

July 3, 2013

Issuing police with  smartphones and tablets is smart policy.
Recently I accompanied local Police on a night shift and I can see that they are more effective on the front line than doing paperwork. New technology will give them more time to do what they do best. The initial roll out of smartphones and tablets for Police is now complete. In Counties Manukau this will save more than 73,000 Police hours per year – nationwide the figure is more than half a million.

An iPlod on the beat is worth far more than one in the office.

Turners turns to TradeMe for Police and Customs auctions

May 3, 2012

Turners has turned to TradeMe for the sale of property retrieved from crime scenes by police or seized by Customs..

The monthly auctions where things like jewellery, beer fridges and television, go under the hammer, will now be moved online.

Turners has been running the auctions for 15 years but says it can make more money on Trade Me.

“I guess the reason for that (is) people don’t have the time to come to a public auction on a Tuesday or a Wednesday or a Thursday because they’re working or they’ve got other pressures, ” branch manager for Turners’ commercial division Jason Tredgett says.

On-line auctions are open to a far bigger audience of potential buyers than live ones and also cheaper to run.

Alcohol and tobacco which aren’t permitted to be sold on TradeMe will still go under the hammer the old-fashioned way.

Treating symptoms won’t cure problem

December 13, 2010

The machete attack on an policeman has led to the inevitable calls for police to carry guns.

That might or might not treat the symptoms of increasing mindless violence but it won’t cure the malaise which is infecting society.

Drug and alcohol abuse are among the causes. So too is a lack of respect for authority, other people, their property and lives.

Arming police will fuel a vicious circle of escalating violence. Addressing the causes is the only way to make New Zealand safer.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged . . .

October 29, 2010

. . .  that a farmer in possession of gelignite is in want of somewhere better to put it than the steps of the Balclutha police station.

I’ll Be Watching You

July 16, 2010

Happy birthday Stewart Copeland, 58 today.

Stolen computer case closed

June 4, 2010

The bloke who stole my laptop in February has done diversion.

I was careless while paying for parking at Christchurch airport, put my case and computer down beside me when I was getting my wallet out of my bag and picked up only the case when I walked off.

When I realised this moments later and ran back, the computer had gone.

I reported it to the police and the officer went through the video footage, spotted the bloke picking up the computer and paying for his parking. The officer worked out from that what time the bloke had entered the car park, went through the video footage at the entry and from that got a registration number.

That gave him a name and address but the address was that of an ex-girlfriend who said she hadn’t seen him for a couple of years but did have an employer’s name. That turned out to be an ex-employer who gave the name of another employer but the bloke had moved on from there too.

The policeman persevered though, caught up with the bloke and invited him in for a chat.

He then asked me if I wanted him charged, saying that if so, he’d almost certainly be offered diversion. When I blogged on this, comments confirmed my view that he ought to be charged.  Keeping Stock and commenters at  Kiwiblog who picked up the story agreed.

By this time I’d got the computer back and discovered the thief had got past the password and been using it so I was even less charitable about his actions.  

The police prosecution team made the decision to charge him and offer diversion. He accepted, had to write a letter of apology (which I haven’t seen yet) and donate $500 to Women’s Refuge.

It was an expensive lesson about the need to take care of my belongings. The computer was insured and I’d replaced it but the claim hadn’t been processed when the laptop was returned so I’ve ended up with a spare – and unused – notebook.

My confidence in people’s honesty has been knocked but by appreciation of the police has grown.

Had it not been for the officer’s perseverance the thief would have got away with his actions. Thanks to good detective work the bloke who stole the computer has paid for his dishonesty and a deserving charity is $500 better off .

Case closed.

Computer thief to be charged

March 24, 2010

The man who stole my computer (should I make that allegedly?) is to be charged.

When the police officer contacted me to say he’d found the man and got my computer back he asked if I wanted him to be charged, saying that if he was he’d probably be offered diversion.

I blogged on that and asked if I should make him do diversion. The majority response from people who commented here, and over at Kiwiblog  and Keeping Stock who covered the p0st)  was yes.

I passed that on to the policeman and he tells me the man is to be charged and he has recommended diversion.

His email explained that it’s up to the prosecutor/ diversion officer to determine if the alleged thief meets the criteria for diversion and to determine the conditions of the diversions agreement.

He must agree to a whole range of conditions in order to finalise his diversion. It could take up to 2 months before all the conditions are met. When he fronts in court again the prosecutor will inform the court if all the conditions of diversion were met or not. If for any reason he doesn’t abide by those agreed on conditions, he will proceed through the normal prosecution/court process.

If he fulfils all the tasks as per his diversions agreement, the prosecutor will seek to withdraw the theft charges, and he will then be released without a conviction.

His ‘Police record’ will be note that he has completed diversion in this case. Diversion is offered only once. If he comes to the police attention again, he will not receive diversion again.

I’ve got the computer back (but not before buying a replacement). The bloke who took it got round the password and had been using it – he’d used windows messenger which I never use and left an email address there and had also visited Trade Me. 

That, and the fact he’d had the laptop for a month without making any attempt to return it, has made me feel more strongly he should face some consequences for the inconvenience and expense he caused me. But I think diversion will be sufficient so hope the prosecuting officer offers him that option.

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