Police don't have the budget or resources to implement
recommendations from an inquiry into the Louise Nicholas rape
case, the Police Association says.
The Office of the Auditor-General today released a report
that highlights the lack of progress into recommendations
made to police in a 2007 Commission of Inquiry, which found
that urgent coordinated action was needed following the
handling of complaints.
The Office of the Auditor-General was tasked with monitoring
the progress for 10 years.
Police Association president Greg O'Connor told Radio New
Zealand there was room for improvement but police didn't have
the means to implement all the changes.
"[Police] have a lot of demands on them: Government are
demanding a 14 per cent decrease in crime, they're demanding
an 18 per cent decrease in prosecutions, they're demanding
savings from the budget of $400 million over the next four
years. The problem is those who are monitoring these reports
don't have a budget to give police to implement things." Mr
"Something's got to give."
Mr O'Connor said the report had become "something of a ritual
humiliation for police".
"There is always things that every organisation can do
better, but police are being pulled in every direction at the
Today's halfway report said significant leadership challenges
still existed within the force and most of the
recommendations were still to be completed.
While levels of trust and confidence in the police were
relatively high, the mixed progress in responding to the
recommendations presented some risk to that trust and
"Effective implementation of the commission's recommendations
is important for maintaining and improving the public's trust
and confidence in the police," deputy Auditor-General
Phillippa Smith said.
There continued to be an "unacceptable" level of
inappropriate sexual behaviour within the force, with some
staff reluctant to report wrongdoing because of the way
colleagues were treated when they did.
She recommended that police implemented tools to support
integrity and managed appropriate conduct within the
However, the report noted police had shown signs of
improvement this year by giving greater priority to
progressing the recommendations about adult sexual assault.
Acting Police Commissioner Viv Rickard said police
acknowledged they still had work to do.
"We have made huge progress in some areas, particularly
around the code of conduct, our disciplinary processes, and
in reinforcing the standards of behaviour required by our
Between now and the final 2017 report the Office of the
Auditor-General planned to do some targeted review work,
particularly into adult sexual assault investigations, with
the police and could include a scenario-based survey of
Earlier this year the 2011/12 State Services Commission of
Inquiry report said while public confidence in police was up
and crime was down, increasing the representation of women at
senior levels remained a challenge.
Last year's report referred unflatteringly to the 'DNA' and
culture of the police.
- Matthew Theunissen and Hana Garrett-Walker of APNZ