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

 


The earthquake - and the role of Police

The earthquake - and the role of Police

The current focus of Police is to support the search and rescue operation in Christchurch that is being led by Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). Our primary functions are to maintain law and order and support the coronial process relating to Disaster Victim Identification.

There is a police presence at each of the cordons which control access to the central business district. And we have high-visibility reassurance policing throughout the city. For these roles, we have added to officer numbers in Christchurch by 300, and have the benefit of 323 police officers from the Australian states and federal police. A significant function is looking after the needs of these extra officers while they are deployed, including accommodation, transport, food, equipment and other issues.

The purpose of the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) process is to match (including a full forensic examination) the identification of those we have recovered as deceased, with the forensic identify of those listed as missing. We are working in close collaboration with USAR so that when human remains are found, these are taken into care, logged and secured in the temporary mortuary.

Police have in excess of 80 staff working solely on producing a forensic examination of those listed as missing. This is a highly complex process and there is no room for error. More than 150 staff in total are working on the DVI process.

Another priority for Police is supporting our Christchurch staff, many of whom have been working long hours and in very difficult circumstances since the earthquake, and who of course have been living in post-disaster conditions since the large earthquake on 4 September last year.

Police has a huge welfare operation engaged in supporting our staff and this will be a requirement for a long time to come.

We have been uplifted by the reaction from members of the public, the media and our colleagues across the emergency management spectrum. There is a long way to go, but Police are fully engaged.

Policing for the rest of New Zealand is not going unattended. Police are available in all communities to deal with the routines of policing. Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard has all non-earthquake matters under his consideration whilst Deputy Commissioner Pope sits across all Christchurch and earthquake issues.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Inquiry Into One Case Of Dirty Politics

Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the damning inquiry by SIS Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn, the government’s response yesterday was utterly in character – it released two other major reports at the same time to try and distract public attention...

Inquiries are supposed to re-assure the public. What these inquiry outcomes share in common is a government culture of zero responsibility. More>>

IGIS ON SIS:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news