Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


111 communicator helps capture offender

18-10-2006 Counties Manukau

Location of incident: Papakura

Incident Type: 111 communicator helps capture offender by posing as victim's friend

A Police 111 communicator posed as a friend on a call to the victim as she made coffee for an armed offender, while Police moved in to surround the property this morning.

The woman, who was eight months pregnant, was trapped with the offender after he returned to the property where he had earlier assaulted his ex-partner - the woman's flatmate - and threatened her with a firearm.

When he returned the woman called Police, and a communicator from the Northern Communications Centre called her back on her cellphone posing as a friend, to find out where in the house the victim and offender were, whether he was currently armed, and other details that Police units waiting outside needed in order to make a safe arrest.

The communicator advised the victim to play along with the role of being a friend, and in between questions about the offender's state of mind, position in the house, and access to weapons, the communicator asked questions about the victim's preparations for the baby and her house-hunting plans for that afternoon.

As this occurred, the offender stood in the kitchen beside the victim while she made him a coffee and kept him calm, unaware she was on the phone to Police.

Outside the property, concealed from view, Police were armed and ready to apprehend the man, with the Police Eagle Helicopter keeping observation overhead.

A short time later, the victim's partner arrived and the pair managed to escape the house and were directed to a safe area established by Police.

Once the offender realised Police were outside surrounding the property, the offender made his way out to the deck with his hands raised and gave himself up to Police.

Police Northern Communication Shift Commander Inspector Barry Smalley said the Police Communicator's role in this incident was vital in establishing details such as the location of the offender and victim, and the offender's state of mind, so that Police could assess the level of action that needed to be taken.

"This was a situation where we had the Armed Offenders Squad on standby, and it could have become very serious for the offender, but because we had a direct line in to what was happening in the house, we were able to ascertain that an AOS callout was no longer necessary, and to apprehend the offender without force," Inspector Smalley said.

Issued by: Communications Manager Leanne Frisbie

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news