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Police Act Review Considers Festive Season Staples

Police Act Review Considers Festive Season Staples

Deployment of staff to holiday hot spots, policing of liquor bans and the use of powers to deal with New Year revelers are just some of the issues facing frontline officers over coming weeks.

But they're also themes up for consideration as part of the review of the 1958 Police Act.

The officer leading the review, Superintendent Hamish McCardle, says many aspects of everyday policing are being explored as part of the review of the legislative framework for policing in New Zealand.

Superintendent McCardle is inviting journalists and commentators to consider how such issues play out on a daily basis during the holiday season.

He is available for comment around how the near 50-year-old Police Act could be amended to better reflect some of the challenges presented in modern-day policing in New Zealand.

The Police Act Review team has produced eight issues papers which outline a range of topics which characterise policing.

This includes the way police engage with communities and their relationship with other law enforcement and security providers, through to how police staff are appointed, deployed, managed and conduct themselves.

Public submissions on some of the later Issues Papers remain open until 31 January 2007.

The eight Police Act Review Issues Papers and further information about the review is available at www.policeact.govt.nz

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