Senior Constable Damion Horricks of the Waipukurau Police gives us an example of this sort of smoke and mirrors behaviour.
One would expect that having reached the lofty rank of senior constable, Horricks would be well versed in the law that he deals with every working day. But perhaps the reality of that rank is that he has survived ten years in the job without being done for perjury.
When this photo was taken of him Horricks tried to tell the occupier and photographer that because he was on private property permission was needed (from Horricks) before he could be photographed. It seems that Horricks was arrogant and ignorant enough to expect that he would be believed just because he was a police officer quoting what he purported to be the law. After the event Damon Horricks was given the opportunity to support that brash statement by citing the legislation he was relying upon, but had no comment to make.
So here we have yet another police officer caught out lying. In what is a typical example of the attitude of dishonesty that dominates the police culture in New Zealand, Horricks is just another professional liar, a trait he will no doubt take in to the Courtroom.