Judith Collins blames the Labour Party for leaking the
report. Photo: NZ Herald/Michael Craig
The Independent Police Conduct Authority may yet step in
to investigate revelations that police altered burglary
The authority said last night it had earlier received three
anonymous letters about the handling of statistics and
referred them to police for further investigation.
"The police have now taken employment action in respect of
the officers involved and the Commissioner has publicly
accepted that errors were made and have now been rectified,"
the authority said in a statement.
"The authority is currently awaiting further information from
police and will then determine what future action, if any, it
A police investigation, revealed in the Herald on Sunday,
into southern Counties Manukau police found about 500
burglaries had been wrongly reclassified as other offences or
incidents between 2009 and 2012.
Incidents are not recorded in crime statistics, leading to
questions about whether police had fudged numbers to please
Judith Collins was Police Minister for most of that period
and her Papakura electorate is one of the affected areas.
She has trumpeted statistics in her newsletter Collins'
Courier - which boasted about a 36.7 per cent drop in
recorded burglaries from 2009-10 to 2010-11.
Police now conduct spot audits countrywide and have all
tier-one statistics verified by Statistics NZ to ensure
Ms Collins yesterday turned up the heat on the issue ,
blaming the Labour Party for leaking the report.
Ms Collins said: "I thought it was very interesting that
Jacinda Ardern said she didn't know anything about this
before Saturday, because Andrew Little was talking about this
Mr Little, Labour's justice spokesman, said his comments were
about a related but different matter - pressure to reduce the
number of police charges to meet Government targets.
Ms Ardern said she wanted to focus on the integrity of the
"If the minister has seen reports from the new audits, then
it would be great if she could share those - just to
demonstrate there is a guarantee of integrity in the system
and it is working properly," Ms Ardern said.
Ms Collins defended not passing information to the police or
the Police Minister when she first heard rumours about police
statistics in February 2012, just after she became Justice
"I didn't need to pass it on because police were already
dealing with it."