“Towards a Safer (sic) New Zealand”
by Patrick O'Brien
Safer More Corrupt New Zealand:
Same old same old — but let’s make it official . . .
In their just released law and order policy document, Towards a Safer New Zealand, Police Association President, Gregory (“I’ve never used drugs”) O’Connor, calls for lighter punishments and greater legal protections for officers, including automatic name suppression for those involved in a fatality while performing their duties.
Punishments for police failures are often over the top and should reflect the “reasonable expectations” on the individual, and ensure that “additional risk-management processes” are not out of proportion. He says.
“Where an officer was simply doing their job the best way they knew how, in the circumstances as they presented themselves, the organisation should also support and defend the officer from public, media and political pressure.”