A refusal by the police to release any details of their
response to wrongly coded burglaries in South Auckland is
being called a "snow-job".
A police investigation found that about 500 burglaries were
wrongly reclassified as other offences or incidents between
2009 and 2012 in Counties Manukau.
Police and the acting Police Minister Judith Collins have
said it was an isolated incident, and spot audits nationwide
have been put in place to ensure the integrity of crime
There was no information to suggest it had happened
elsewhere, police said.
But police have refused to reveal any details of the spot
audits, and District Commander Superintendent John Tims could
not answer when they started, or whether they had uncovered
A police spokesman said the data was complex and it would
take considerable time to collate.
Labour police spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said the responses
suggested nothing had changed.
"How can police give an assurance to the Police Minister on
Saturday, when they can't give an assurance that there were
no irregularities? That seems extraordinary to me."
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters called the police
response a "snow-job".
"It's not credible. If they can't tell you the details, then
there's totally nothing going on."
Police have said the officers involved had not understood the
rules and that Commissioner Mike Bush, who was in charge of
the Counties Manukau district over the period in question,
did not have responsibility for crime statistics.
A police spokesman said: "Since 2012, there has been only one
investigation into incorrect recoding of crime information,
and that was in the south area of Counties Manukau. Had the
same issue been detected anywhere else, it would have been
appropriately investigated and dealt with."