Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Modernising Police Governance and Human Resources

31 July 2001 Media Statement

Modernising Police Governance and Human Resources

The Police Minister and Commissioner of Police today announced changes designed to modernise Police governance and accountability arrangements, and to improve the way that Police manage their human resources.

The changes are contained in the Police Amendment Bill (No 2), which George Hawkins tabled in Parliament today.

"Two distinct areas are addressed – the role of the Police Commissioner, and human resources arrangements. The Commissioner and I have worked closely on both sets of changes" said Mr Hawkins.

Mr Hawkins said that neither set of changes detracts from the operational independence of the Police.

"The Commissioner is responsible for law enforcement and he also has a role similar to that of a Chief Executive. We are working to modernise the second aspect of the Commissioner's job, to bring the role into line with the rest of the state sector. But the Commissioner's role as New Zealand's most senior law enforcer is not affected – it is absolutely essential that the Police retain operational independence."

"I have also worked closely with the Commissioner and with unions representing police on the human resources changes, which are designed to create a more flexible and modern employment environment, in line with the rest of the state sector" said Mr Hawkins.

"I look forward to hearing more points of view on both aspects of the Bill once it has been referred to Select Committee" said Mr Hawkins.


ENDS

A summary of key changes contained in the Bill is attached.

POLICE AMENDMENT BILL (NO 2)
SUMMARY OF KEY CHANGES


- The Police Amendment Bill (No 2) amends the Police Act 1958 and the Police Regulations 1992.

- The Bill works to bring key aspects of the New Zealand Police into line with the rest of the state sector, while recognising and preserving the operational independence that sets Police apart from the rest of the state sector.

- The Bill seeks to:
- Strengthen Police governance and accountability arrangements
- Improve Police effectiveness in managing its human resources.


Strengthening Governance and Accountability

Aim: To bring the Commissioner's role into line with that of other Chief Executives as far as possible (while retaining operational independence) and to make the relationship between the Police and the Government more transparent.

- The Commissioner has two key roles – as a "Law Enforcer" and as a "Chief Executive". The first role requires operational independence from the Government. But in the second role the Commissioner should be accountable for his or her performance, in the same way as other Chief Executives. This Bill makes the State Services Commissioner responsible for measuring the Police Commissioner's performance in the "Chief Executive" role.

- The Bill clarifies what sort of decisions the Commissioner is entitled to make independently of the Minister, and what issues the Minister is entitled to direct the Commissioner on. This will provide a useful point of reference when issues arise which are not clearly operational or political.

Human Resources

Aim: To modernise and simplify the police employment environment to ensure a high standard of policing and an efficient means of dealing with members who are not performing adequately or have demonstrated misconduct.

- Strengthens power of the Commissioner to remove a sworn officer if the Commissioner believes that the officer is not suitable to discharge their duties due to their competence, integrity, performance or conduct. This will be useful in cases like the recent Colin McLean case, where the Commissioner was obliged to follow lengthy procedures to remove an officer who had clearly demonstrated that he was no longer suitable to discharge his duties.

- Formalises and simplifies procedures for dealing with the performance of sworn staff.

- Modernises disciplinary procedures, including the introduction of a code of conduct for sworn staff.

- Clarifies ability to transfer staff around the country to meet policing demands – more simple and flexible procedures.

- Changes the wage arbitration system to require an arbitrator to take account of the Police budget in making a final award.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Legal Issues: Gordon Campbell On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

Yesterday’s interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public.

Apoparently, the fuel industry is an oligopoly where the Big Three (BP, Mobil and Z) that import 90% of this country’s fuel also control the supply, pricing, profit margins etc etc, from wharf to petrol pump, thereby all but throttling genuine competition at every stage along the way. More>>

 

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

PM's Post-Cab: Bad Mail

Cabinet was updated on the process around prisoners sending mail, following the accused Christchurch gunman sending letters that "should have been stopped". All mail of "high concern prisoners" will now be checked by a specialist team and a changes to the legal criteria for witholding mail are expecting to go to a cabinet committee in this parliamentary session. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels