Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why was it that people aren't respecting the Police again, Judith?

On Stuff this morning:

In 2005, then Senior Sergeant Dave Archibald was reprimanded for accessing the computer system known as National Intelligence Application during the trial of former police officers Shipton, Bob Schollum and two Mt Maunganui residents.

Mr Archibald was looking for information that private investigator and former colleague John Birmingham hoped might help Shipton's defence.

Apparently, a willingness to misuse the Police intelligence system on behalf of his criminal mates is just the kind of quality the Police value when looking for someone to head the Police College's investigation and intelligence school. Now, Archibald can pass on to new recruits his methods for handling intelligence information - hooray!

Apparently,

...he topped what police described as a very impressive field of candidates...


Oh, that just fills me with confidence, it really does...

13 comments:

dad4justice said...

Everybody knows the police are corrupt. Well past time for big clean up job starting at the rotten top.

Anonymous said...

Just as bad is the cop shows on TV. I don't respect movie stars per se so wannabe's don't get a look either. Look how tough we are, pulling over a cople of kids on a bike with no helmets. Spread 'em, book 'em, fine 'em. But don't dare rattle the gang cages. Losers.

Fred said right. said...

You mean you were watching a show entitled 'Road cops' featuring only traffic cops and you were suprised to see them pulling over cars rather than raiding Gang HQ's like the organised crime squads etc do?

Aww and poor D4J did those nasty Policeman help take your kids away as well, maybe you can go see that anti CYF'S activist down in Christchurch who was trying to get the Somervilles children returned luckily he failed.

baxter said...

On the face of it, it does seem disgraceful.An act of treachery against a Police Prosecution.Mis-use of the Computor used to be a sacking offence not a qualification for promotion to an especially sensitive
post.

Anonymous said...

Yes Fred, I guess it was road cops - a couple of minutes of the terrible commentry was enough. They simply shouldn't be doing tellie. While the uniformed branch of IRD wear the same badge as the rest its all the same. My experience of the plod through business contacts is extensive consistently poor. It mirrors NZ society - shallow, self serving and not accountable to common sense. I'd rather they were very carefuly chosen, paid far more and were apolitical.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this kinda the same as hiring computer hackers to write anti-virus code, ie takes one to know one, therefore works better?

KG said...

"Isn't this kinda the same as hiring computer hackers to write anti-virus code, ie takes one to know one, therefore works better?"

No. A writer of computer code isn't part of an organisation that supposed to serve and protect the public, paid by the public and legally above reproach.

Right Fred said...

You mean an organisation KG that presumably also that has to obey all relevant employment law, human resource clap trap etc etc that pervades every large state organisation?

Hence perhaps why they were unable to turf this chap out on his arse and couldn't arbitarily shaft his employment prospects.

Psycho Milt said...

There is a yawning, cavernous gap between "couldn't arbitarily shaft his employment prospects" and promoting him to senior management while declaring him top of an impressive field of candidates.

KG said...

Exactly, PM.

Said Right Fred said...

Heh you guys obviously have never had any experience working in any state or even large organisation. You seem to have some naive assumption that this guy was somehow given a pat on the back by Broad and the Police hierachy and hurried up the ranks thumbing their nose at the public and victims of Schollum and co.

It would be made by some HR Manager following strict guidelines and employment processes that are used in all such appointments, they as such have to be very transparent decisions and made on clearly defined criteria as they are often contested by the losing applicant.
If this guy met that criteria despite having an adverse report or reprimand that didn't disqualify him then they would have no choice whatsoever but to appoint him or else face legal action where any good employment lawyer would bend them over.

I would imagine that if Broad and co had there way anyone associated with the whole Schollum/Rickard affair would have been turfed flat out, but unfortunately Police of all people I guess have to obey silly little things like employment laws and independent HR decisions.

Socrates said...

What KG agreeing with PM...

Must find my skis, and head to hell...

KG said...

Lol! It's happened before, Socrates.