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.

A Culture of Dishonesty

Mike Oxnam - old school thug

Mike Oxnam
– old school thug

It is often the lament of lawyers working in the criminal jurisdiction that one of the hardest parts about their jobs is dealing with the lies police constantly come up with, often whilst giving evidence under oath.  Evidence they release via the disclosure process is selective and often not a true reflection of the contextual facts.  To describe the police in this country as professional perjurers is not as far fetched as it may seem at first blush.

Government and indeed the police themselves would have the public believe that they are held to account by the Independent Police Complaints Authority and their own internal disciplinary procedures.  The “Independent” part of the IPCA’s name is about as farcical as the belief that our police are honest upright individuals who can do no wrong.  Hardly a week passes when some adverse publicity about the activities of some wayward police officer does not surface.

In reality almost all but a small percentage of complaints to the IPCA are “investigated” by the police themselves and their agenda is always blatantly clear.  That being to protect their own even if this is achieved at the expense of manipulating witnesses and the evidence to paint a picture that suits their ends.

Testimony to this philosophy is that most police treat complaints as an occupational hazard and it is often with pride that some individuals boast about the number of complaints they have had made against them.

All one need do is take a cursory look at the history of some of those who are now in senior management positions within police and it becomes clear that those attitudes and cultures that have helped them claw their way up the ranks are alive and well today.

A typical but my no means isolated example of this is Detective Inspector Mike Oxnam the head of Kapi Mana CIB.  In his younger days Oxnam was not adverse to using his size and bullying tactics to achieve his own ends and there are stories of him beating a prisoner around the head with a telephone book until that hapless individual’s ears bled.  Those who have known Oxnam over decades observe that he was a bully and thug at school and thus the police was a perfect career choice for him.

Now that Oxnam and many others like him have reached senior ranks their tactics and methodology may have changed but the same attitudes and propensity for perjury remain just as dominant.

It is not all that long ago that Oxnam stated to a member of the public that he did not care what laws or rules his staff broke just as long as they got results.  Speaking about one of his then subordinates, Detective Stu Taylforth, he went on to say that he knew Taylforth had told a few lies and broken some rules but that was of no consequence to him because he managed to arrest people. Another of Oxnam’s staff was criticized by a judge when that detective was giving evidence in the Porirua District Court.  The presiding judge told this detective that he did not believe anything he had said.  Police management took no action whatsoever against the detective involved and no doubt he continues lying in the same fashion, secure in the knowledge that his masters support such behaviour.

The country’s police stations are littered with this attitude and as Government continue to give police increasing powers the public need to be alarmed and take a stand.  With the elections looming this is the time to start asking your politicians the hard questions.

Daryl Moore – caught lying

Daryl Moore - just added "liar" to his CV

Daryl Moore – just added “liar” to his CV

When is Superintendent Sam Hoyle going to get his district under control?  We do not even have to dig to find out the extent of the corruption that exists within the Hawke’s Bay police ranks, they just keep on falling in to our laps!

With such a serious and systemic dishonesty problem in his district you would think that Hoyle would be concerned, as the public could expect of any responsible and honest manager.  But not so, Hoyle turns a blind eye to such behavior and likely even encourages it in the hope that it will make his statistics look good and enhance his obsessive ambition for promotion.

Luke Shadbolt - soon to be very busy

Luke Shadbolt – soon to be very busy

Initiative has previously outed Napier’s Sgt Kristina Eckhold for lying in a police job sheet after she served a trespass notice; an exercise solely designed to hinder the proper administration of the law.  Now her colleague and serial bully Daryl Moore has been caught out lying to protect Eckhold.  Just as well Kristina is married to NZ Police Association vice president Luke Shadbolt because if she keeps going the way she is, she will soon find herself in need of the Police Association’s advocacy to help her keep her job.

Recently Moore responded to a request for information, and here we quote the relevant paragraph from his 5 December 2013 letter on police letterhead and signed by Moore:

Police do not have a Police policy circular that deals with trespass.  Your request is refused pursuant to section 18(e) of the Official Information Act as the information does not exist.”

How stupid or arrogant or both is this guy that he thinks he can get away with such blatant dishonesty?  Upon receiving Moore’s letter it was obvious that this was but one of a number of factual deficiencies and so further enquiries were mase.  A request for the same information was made to Police National Headquarters and in a rare display of efficiency, within a matter of hours a copy of the trespass policy that Moore purported not to exist was provided.  So Dudley you have been caught out lying…….yet again.

Here again we have a police officer who, like Eckhold, is in a supervisory role and should be setting an example and standard of integrity for his staff.  Or more likely this is the standard that police aspire to and encourage?  All these concerns have previously been put to Hoyle but he has gone to ground and has no response to offer.

No doubt the incidents reported on this web site are only a small representation of the lie, deny and perjure culture and there are plenty more examples out there.  Initiative will continue to expose police corruption and lies without fear or favour.

Hawke’s Bay residents, please feel free to share with us your experiences.

For the benefit of all users on this site and anyone who might be unfortunate enough to have police try and trespass them, we have provided a copy of the current police policy on trespass for you to download:   Police-Trespass-Policy-V10-2013  This is the very information Mr Moore says doesn’t exist.

Hawke’s Bay police management were invited to comment on this article prior to publication but failed to offer any response.

Police Invent Bogus Laws

20130131_100430The public need to be vigilant to verify the information given to them by police.

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.