Figures released exclusively to the Sunday Star-Times by Police Minister Anne Tolley showed in the year ending June 30, police investigated 89,947 family violence cases – 3225 more than in 2011. Yet of those, only 39,716 investigations resulted in offences being recorded. This was down on the previous year’s figure of 40,024.
So Police Minister Anne Tolley has decided to manipulate the manner in which family violence is reported in the media by selectively releasing Police data to specific slanted news outlets.
This is far more politically pathetic and serious than it looks. Tolley has engaged in launching a political attack on the very department she is Minister of …
But the data also showed the number of charges being laid was dropping.
This person simply lacks the credibility to hold the position of Police Minister and should be told to resign as I am sure she really has no idea what she has done wrong.
Tolley’s collaboration with the Sunday Star Times has called into question the integreity of the entire New Zealand Police Force, based on her theory that since there is increased reporting of ‘incidents statistically recorded as family violence’ but not an increase in the number of people – read that as men – being charged, on the basis that the police attended to a report that something may have happened.
What does she expect, that men should be charged with wasting Police time based on the fact that any person made a report to the Police? This is the person Prime Minister John Key trusts with our Police Force – Really?
Equally ridiculous is the feminist lip syncing of Green MP Jan Logie who parrots the line that only women and children can be subjected to family violence and only women and children are entitled to the protection of the law in the family home. What she is suggesting is that Police enforce policy and not the law. Pray to God that this woman never reigns over the Police Ministry.
Green MP Jan Logie said it was concerning there was no data available to check if policies were helping women and children, or whether they were making things worse.
The only person who showed any reason in the entire article by journalist Stacey Kirk was Superintendent Bruce Bird.
“Our first priority is to ensure the safety of all parties.”
“Whether an investigation will result in charges being laid is determined on a case by case basis and whether there is sufficient evidence to meet the threshold for initiating criminal proceedings.”
How frustrating must it be for the Police having a minister that demands policy above the law. So she’s bitter and twisted because she didn’t get what she wanted and cooks up a story with the media.
Sounds like another black lingerie and bad sex story to me.