Police are unable to disclose how many arrests were made by
officers affected by a ''monumental cock-up''.
Sixty-three officers, who returned to the police force
between October 2009 and July 2013 were not properly
sworn-in, potentially opening arrests up to legal challenges.
Police Minister Anne Tolley slammed the oversight as a
''monumental cock-up'', and expressed her concern to the
Parliament went into urgency on October 24 to pass a
retrospective law validating the police oaths of the
At the time, police were unable to provide details of those
affected officers, including arrests they had made, and asked
that further questions be detailed in an Official Information
In a reply to the Otago Daily Times, Police National
Headquarters human resources general manager Brendan Keys
declined to detail the number of arrests made by each
''The information requested cannot be made available without
substantial collation or research,'' he said.
''Police does not produce statistics on arrests.''
However, police were able to provide a district breakdown of
the 63 officers, but said those figures did not necessarily
reflect the district they were in at the time they were sworn
Under changes to the Policing Act in 2008, oaths sworn by
returning officers had to be administered by the Commissioner
of Police, or a person authorised by him, instead of by
district commanders or inspectors.
The highest number of police officers affected came from
Auckland City and Counties Manukau with 12, followed by Bay
of Plenty with 11.
Of the 12 police districts, Southern came in seventh equal
with three police officers affected.
A breakdown of those 63 police officers revealed eight were
constables, four were sergeants and one was an inspector.