Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Officer Was Not "Allowed" To Resign

Officer Was Not "Allowed" To Resign

New Zealand Police National News Release

10 January 2008

Assertions that former Police Officer Steven Hales was "allowed" to resign inspite of being caught are wrong, the Police General the Police General Manager of Human Resources, Wayne Annan, said today.

"Former Constable Hales resigned five days before alleged inappropriate access of the National Intelligence Application was discovered.

"Nevertheless, under New Zealand employment law even if the alleged breaches had been discovered prior to the resignation being submitted it could not have been turned down.

"In addition, legislation requires any disciplinary processes to be concluded before a resignation takes effect.

"It is a commonly held fallacy that resignations can be with-held in order to keep an individual on an employer's books until they can be fully dealt with in a disciplinary sense. In reality the power of resignation rests with the employee no matter whom they are employed by.

"In February the new Code of Conduct regime will apply within Police. This will streamline disciplinary processes and enable many more matters to be dealt with on a performance management basis in timely fashion. The changes will not, however, impinge on the ability of any staff member to resign at any point.

"Monitoring of Police computer systems and attention to victims rights have been enhanced since the tabling of the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct which is why the case of former Officer Hales has come to light and action was taken by the Operation Austin team.

"Commissioner Broad has made it absolutely clear to all Police staff that the organisation is totally committed to implementing all of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry and we will do so in a way which is fair to all the parties involved," said Mr Annan.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“With nearly half of New Zealanders renting, the grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them,” said Green Party social housing spokesperson Marama Davidson. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election