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


Police take hard line on staff criminal offending

Police take hard line on staff criminal offending

Police say criminal behaviour by police staff will always be investigated vigorously after the sentencing today of a former staff member on methamphetamine charges.

Timothy Sarah, 38, of Auckland, was jailed for four years when he appeared in the Auckland High Court today for sentencing on three charges of supplying methamphetamine, one charge of possessing methamphetamine and one charge of dishonestly accessing a computer system.

Sarah was working as a non-sworn (civilian) police prosecutor in Auckland when he was arrested in 2011 after police discovered he had been selling the Class A drug to a number of people in Auckland.

He also admitted illegally using the police NIA computer system to obtain information about fellow drug dealers and associates so he could warn them of police interest in them.

Officer in charge of the investigation into Sarah, Detective Senior Sergeant Lloyd Schmid of the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of NZ (OFCANZ), said police staff were not immune to the law and any allegations of criminal behaviour were taken very seriously.

"This successful prosecution is a good indication of how we treat allegations of wrongdoing by police staff. As an organisation, we will not tolerate criminal behaviour by our staff and we will always take any allegations extremely seriously," Mr Schmid said.

In this instance, Sarah was not only involved in serious drug dealing, but he was also using police resources to enable him to keep his "business" going. These types of cases meant police were often more vigorous in their investigations than they would be with members of the public.

"Criminal offending by police staff is not only unacceptable, but it is also extremely disappointing for other staff and the organisation as a whole," Mr Schmid said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news