The Accomplice

All Corrections staff are fine upstanding individuals who can do no wrong, never lie, and care deeply about those whom they are there to serve.

Vincent Arbuckle

Mr Vincent Arbuckle
CORPORATE BULLY

At least that is what Department of Corrections General Manager Corporate Services Vince Arbuckle would have us believe.  Arbuckle’s belief in his staff is such that he recently wrote to Initiative and asked us to remove the articles and comments about Corrections staff and himself.

In that letter he suggests that the articles are “defamatory” and that the most appropriate way to make any wayward Corrections staff accountable is to lay a complaint with the Department itself.  However history, the Courts, the Ombudsmen’s  Office and the Coroner have all in recent history confirmed that the Dept of Corrections is completely incapable of dealing with their own staff or even complying with the law.  The Corrections Inspectors are a joke, well it would be funny were the consequences of their biased whitewash of complaints so serious.

Indeed time again there are well documented examples of Corrections simply ignoring the overwhelming weight of evidence.

Katrina Casey ...gone but not forgotten

Katrina Casey
…gone but not forgotten

Former General Manager Community Probation Services Katrina Casey was provided with all the evidence that proved without the slightest doubt that her employeey is a liar and incapable of doing her job.  Yet after what Casey purported to be a thorough investigation she concluded that this low life had done no wrong.  An incredible conclusion that was and remains defiant of any fact or logic and demonstrates the inherent dishonesty that prevails within management.

When Vincent Arbuckle wrote to Initiative requesting the removal of those articles we offered to consider doing just this if he was prepared to re-investigate the behaviour of his dishonest and/or incompentent probation officer based on all the evidence against her.  No surprises then that he has gone to ground and not responded.  Arbuckle knows very well that any robust investigation would not produce a result that is in line with the propaganda image he wants to present of Corrections staff.

From Arbuckle’s letter:

I strongly encourage the author responsible for these articles to consider the impact of their actions on others before publishing future articles.”

It seems that Mr Arbuckle simply does not get it or has just lost the plot.  It must be a very stressful job having to constantly cover up for staff incompetence and dishonesty.

If Corrections management had done their job properly in the first place it would not have been necessary to publish that or any other article.  So readers can draw their own conclusions from the fact that Initiative has not removed any articles, nor will we be brow beaten in to doing so by Arbuckle or anyone else.   That sort of bullying is unacceptable in any part of society but does serve to demonstrate the bully boy attitude of senior Corrections management.

Jodi Jeffrey's accomplice SEAN ROBBINS

SEAN ROBBINS – lying is second nature

In this context then let us look at probation officer Sean Robbins.  Robbins works alongside one of the most evil and corrupt probation officers in the country at the Feilding office.  He claims to be an expert on electronic monitoring and the equipment used for this.  However the evidence has proved Robbins to be not only technologically inept but a liar.

Robbins was party to the same false reporting and lies that a feilding based probation officer put her name to and placed before the Courts.   He deliberately misrepresented results of signal testing for electronic monitoring at a property in the Manawatu, in order to support the lies of his colleague and meet the agenda of his Corrections masters.  What made it so much easier for him to get away with this is the knowledge that his managers would support and cover up even the most blatant of lies.  In this instance there was even an affidavit from a lawyer who was present, that confirmed the dishonesty of both Robbins and his colleague.

It is because of the existence of Corrections staff like Sean Robbins and his corrupt colleagues in the feilding office that Initiative will continue to report on any evidence based examples of lies, corruption, incompetence, malicious behaviour or just plain stupidity.  The individuals and Corrections management need to understand that when staff act in such a dishonest manner it has consequences.  Up until now those consequences have been solely for the hapless victim of their corrupt mindset and behaviour.  It could well be argued that the personalities of these people is such that destroying the lives of others through their lies and corruption gives them pleasure.

Now Initiative seeks to ensure that if Corrections management will not willingly bring about accountability and consequences for such staff then Initiative will do everything within the law to ensure that this occurs through other avenues.  Clearly we are already having an impact because recently Corrections has started sending out letters with the results of complaints that they have whitewashed in which the author does not identify him/herself by either job title or name and the signature of the letter is (deliberately) illegible.  Then there are the staff who send out emails from a generic info@corrections.govt.nz address and refuse to put a name to that email.  At astonishing practice for any Government agency or department and one that is exclusive to Corrections.  What are they afraid of?

The publication of earlier articles on corruption within the Department of Corrections has resulted in Initiative being contacted by a large number of people who have had similar experiences and as the evidence is verified their stories WILL be published.

So Ray Smith, Vincent Arbuckle, Jeremy Lightfoot and colleagues, this places you on notice that Initiative will not be bullied and you need to look seriously at how such matters are dealt with both retrospectively and in the future.

None of those within Corrections whom Initiative approached for comment offered any response.

More corrupt policing uncovered in Hawke’s Bay

Sandra Venables new broom - same old lies

Sandra Venables
new broom – same old lies

He may have quietly skulked out of town in the wake of adverse publicity, but former District Commander Sam Hoyle’s replacement has been quick to follow in his footsteps.  Early in her reign Superintendent Sandra Venables has demonstrated her own brand of double standards and selective policing.

Last month Constable Damion Davies was caught lying under oath when he gave evidence in the Napier District Court.  The evidence available against Davies is overwhelming and damaging.

Nevertheless police have predictably closed ranks and refused to even accept a complaint.

That is not their decision to make and that they would do so without even considering the evidence demonstrates just how corrupt and duplicitous police are.  Were it that there was no issue with the evidence Damion Davies has falsely given, police would have carried out a proper criminal investigation and based their decision on the evidence made available to and gathered by them.  But no, they do not want to do this because that would mean the truth coming out and proving without doubt what we all know – that police perjure themselves in our courts on a routine basis and consider that an acceptable standard.

Exposing that lie and deny culture presents a real threat to the facade of respectability that police in this country continue struggling to portray, a perception that is rapidly slipping with 56% of the public distrusting of police.

Recently that image has been dented in spectacular fashion with Detective Inspector Grant Wormald caught lying in court and Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock tripping over himself whilst giving evidence in the Auckland High Court last year.  Is it any wonder then that when the see high ranking police getting away with it, your average intellect plod considers it acceptable to lie under oath?  Damion Davies has demonstrated that this is fact and not simply theory.  That he does this so readily shows that he issecure in the knowledge that if he ever does get caught out his colleagues and bosses will do whatever it takes to block any legitimate  complaint and cover for his lies, even if that means making up more lies.

Wormald - another corrupt cop

Wormald
– another corrupt cop

Area Commander Sandra Venables has personally been made aware of Davies crime but has not only deliberately failed to ensure that the complaint is properly dealt with.  She has also actively evaded any attempts to contact her about the matter.  This in turn makes her guilty of  conspiring to defeat justice.

It seems likely that both Davies and Venables will soon be standing beside each other in the dock facing a private criminal prosecution.

Hawke’s Bay police were invited to comment but failed to do so.

Watch this space.

6 December 2014 UPDATE:  Damion Davies is no longer a detective and now back ploding the beat in uniform and trying to get promotion there.  In a recent High Court appeal the Crown conceded that Davies had given “wrong evidence” under oath and the convictions that he had so eagerly secured by giving this “wrong evidence” were quashed.  Sgt Malcolm Lochrie the police prosecutor in this case and serial liar Daryl Moore, are presently under investigation for conspiring to pervert justice for withholding evidence that was contrary to the police case, and indeed would have blown it out of the water from day one.