Revenue gathering fuels Police chase culture - 16 dead this year
Judge pressures police over car-chase deaths
The country's top policemen were summoned to a meeting with the judge heading the Independent Police Conduct Authority following the latest police pursuit fatalities last weekend. Authority chairwoman Justice Lowell Goddard, QC, pressed Police Commissioner Howard Broad and his deputy, Viv Rickard, to continue to review police pursuit policy. The meeting was held on Monday at the IPCA, three days after two teenagers died following a police pursuit sparked by a minor offence. Their deaths brought the total this year to 16, from 11 fatal pursuits - the worst on record.
Well, well, well - what do we have here? Police apologists go into a spin whenever the death rates from Police chases are brought up, so it must be a bitter pill for them to swallow seeing the toothless IPCA demand more answers to revenue gathering chase policies which have now seen 16 dead this year.
I say toothless because the IPCA has been criticizing the revenue gathering chase policies for some time and yet are still not forcing the Police to change (with former SIS boss Richard Woods now allowed on the IPCA, I'm not surprised it is toothless). The IPCA has demanded 4 reviews in 6 years and still the Police continue to do what they like.
The politicians are no help. Crusher Collins couldn't get TV cameras down to a car crushing car yard fast enough when she got into power, increasing the bullshit boy racer crap that Labour started, Crusher has done more than anyone else to put the fear of God into young people and we see that hardline approach bear a bitter harvest. Why minor offenses need to end in death is ignored in the scramble by Police apologists to scream that the Police must chase everyone - must they? Other countries have adapted their chase policies so that only serious crime is the starting point rather than revenue gathering, as the Candor Trust pointed out on Tumeke...
The Goddard report identified that in the last 5 years almost all chase deaths started with minor infringements that would almost certainly have not ended in death with no chase. 1 in 4 chases ends with a bang. We're not talking axe murderers here - we're talking letting aome people get away with being 10k over the limit as the cops allowed before the quota software was bought in. Chase deaths happen inevitably in the first few minutes of chases as people are paniced. A 50% rise in police highway hours (funded by the revenue approach) took highway crash costs from 1.61billion to 1.6 billion - it overrode the safety savings made by a lot of safety engineering. Minister Hawkins signed off use of the quota software in 2003 explained to him by Rob Robinson as "a large increase in tickets" (meeting 30 National Road Safety Committee). The software is a prototype invented in NZ by Dr Guria and others at MoT (it sets district police quotas for drink drive busts and speed tickets) and is likely for roll out in the 2nd world under the tutelage of the new Wellington based agency Roadpol (global police under UN) which Rob Robinson heads up. 3 early reviews in 2005 found that the quota software - a formula created as part of the MOT RAM project "to develop and refine a resource allocation model for road safety" - had reverse to intended effects. It increases crash trauma as the dose of quotas rises.
...why we allow the Police to continue to use revenue gathering models to perpetrate a chase culture that is killing more and more NZers, and why the msm is silent on the issue bewilders me.