Commissioner can't restore confidence in police
Seeking justice for Peter Ellis and other victims, both past and present, of the New Zealand sex abuse moral panic
New Police Commissioner unable to restore public confidence in police
5 April 2006
New Police Commissioner Howard Broad may wistfully hope to restore public confidence in the police force. But his own direct involvement in the Christchurch Creche investigation, now means that New Zealand's top cop is himself hopelessly compromised by his own past, spokesperson Brian Robinson announced today.
The Christchurch Creche case is now recognised by the majority of New Zealanders as an obvious miscarriage of justice. Howard Broad has never admitted that mistakes were made by himself or any other officer in that investigation. Howard Broad has has also never apologised to any of the Christchurch Creche staff for his own actions in unnecessarily destroying their careers and reputations.
The Christchurch Creche case remains symptomatic of why public confidence in the police has eroded. Until Howard Broad understands and is willing to acknowledge his own failings, he remains incapable of leadership in restoring any sort of confidence for the organisation that he now leads.