Posts Tagged ‘ Police ’

Barry Matthews really is a complete tit

Further to my previous post on the awesome boss of the Corrections Department, I noticed that Whale Oil pointed out that Barry was also responsible for the absolutely awesome INCIS Police computer system (that’s so awesome it has it’s own page on wikipedia) that cost the taxpayer $110,000,000 (yes, that’s 110 million dollars), and was finally ditched without being implemented.

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Asian Vigilantes Strike back

First off, I have no problem with people employing any means at their disposal in self defense. Vigilantism however, is a bit different. There is a fine line between self defence and preemptive action, and vigilantes can quickly cross that fine line taking justice into their own hands, this slips into a grey area where the crowd mentality descends into prejudice and suspicion, that isn’t justice or self defence, it’s mob rule. It may be that the media has chosen the word ‘vigilante’ when the group itself has not actually used this word – they should be correcting the media at every opportunity.

If your’e squemish, don’t check out this link, but this shows rather graphically what happens when people get really pissed about crime and take matters into their own hands…

It may well be that the Asians (mainly Chinese) who have got together to protect themselves are really just trying to help their fellow citizens avoid becoming victims, and clearly there’s nothing at all wrong with this. The website (curiously in English) seems reasonable enough, a pity the interviewees on radio and TV have sometimes verged on the slightly hysterical. I question why they feel that Asians (a pretty broad ethic generalisation) have specifically different requirements from any other ethnic group when it comes to dealing with the effects of crime. I can’t think of any, but I can sure think of some habits that ethnic Chinese immigrants have brought with them that would make them a target of crime – like the weakness for carrying large amounts of cash around with them.

The ‘rest of us’ (the group has introduced the distinction, so for this post I’ll stick with it) don’t walk around carrying (often) tens of thousands of dollars in cash, I personally very rarely carry cash at all. There is really no need to, you can comfortably get by using electronic transactions whether they be card or web based without needing to use cash at all. If any other ethnic group displayed a predilection for carrying and hoarding cash then without doubt it would be the target of crime. The reasons why people persist in using cash when it is not really required could be debated, lets just say, electronic transactions are traceable by agencies like the IRD, and that may be one reason.

This sort of crime is nothing new, it isn’t recent or unique to New Zealand. In parts of Asia you need to be pretty careful about what you do and when, with the exception being Singapore – but even they have crime. In every situation it requires you to do as the locals do and exercise common sense.

That’s not to say we should just accept crime, clearly we shouldn’t, but equally no one should put themselves in position where they attract the attention of criminals.

The events of the last few weeks have been appalling and its good that the ‘Asian’ community has become active in the law and order debate. What I saw when Yin Ping Yang and Joanne Wang were murdered, was not a crime against Asians or Chinese, but a crime against a fellow New Zealander.

It would be better for NZders of Asian ethnicity to join the groups established by their fellow New Zealanders rather than form their own thus perpetuating what seems to be a social isolation from other New Zealanders. This way they could have added their voices to the debate about law and order issues, and learned from the experiences of the rest of us. One of the best ways of dealing with this problem is for all New Zealanders to work together as a common group, not a disparate ethnic groups. We are all victims of crime.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”


Manurewa’s problems won’t be solved by this…

In case everyone forgot it was election year our Dear Leader has come up with her own solution to solve the problems in Glenn Innes Panmure Otara  Manurewa. Less stores selling alcohol.

Banning these will solve the nations problems... not.Gee obviously a lot of thought has gone into this. Probably along the lines of it being an election year and needing some good press and being seen to solve the mess you created in the first place.

Despite billions of dollars being spent on social services, health and education and massive increases in the government bureaucracies and budget allocations, the real solution to social dislocation and poor uneducated people behaving badly is actually to reduce the number of stores selling RTD’s… well, it’s taken the PM over six years to work it out and it’s such a neat cheap solution you wonder why she hadn’t thought of it before.

Sheer genius, there’s so much evidence to show this simple solution will solve the problem… and really, the next step should be to roll it out nationally and have prohibition as that was such a success. The next logical step would be to encourage people to abstain from sex as this will reduce unwanted pregnancy and any social problems stemming from that.

There is no easy answer but a bit of leadership from the Police could be a start. I don’t mean having patrols armed with “Bushmaster” rifles (and in case you thought that was a hunting rifle, a Bushmaster is a modern version of the M16 assault rifle), we have the AOS and guns in some cars so this suggestion is as meaningless as the PM’s suggestion.

The Police Commissioner should sit down with the Mayor (Deputy in this case) and come up with a local solution, and I would suggest that this would involve really concentrated, high profile, long term community policing. The sort of policing the Police hate, getting out of their cars and hitting the pavement, small community stations spread throughout the district. The community getting to know their local Policeman or Policewoman, and that person being around and visible.

I know the Police cultrually seem to hate this method of policing and have steadfastly resisted efforts by governments of all persuasions efforts to introduce it. Well guy’s, you’ve had years to come up with a better solution and not only have your ideas not worked, but you are now officially deeply unpopular with the public. So maybe it’s about time the leadership showed some balls and tried something different, even if your rank and file would rather sit in the comfort of their cars and eyeball people, because the situation is now clearly so bad, that a few Bushmaster rifles is not going to solve this mess.Introducing these won\'t solve the nations problems...

The Police need to actually get out and engage with the public, both law abiding and those on the fringes. You need to give the public confidence and hope, and you simply won’t do that with a bunch of guns. The Police might even start attracting a different kind of recruit interested in real community policing. Sadly it is going to take some creative thinking and courage to undertake the change, and to date the current leadership in the Police has shown a woeful lack of this quality.

This won’t solve the problem over night and will take a commitment beyond an elected politicians three year vision, but over time it may helpto change attitudes towards the Police and the public attitude – both from those who commit crime and those who could help to stop it. This won’t stop major crime, but it will help prevent small crimes that lead to young people moving onto bigger things.

Even if it stopped one in five kids becoming hardened criminals thats a step towards breaking a cycle that closing a few stores selling alcohol won’t make a bit of difference too.