Once again Initiative is obliged to ask what is going on under the management of Superintendent Sam Hoyle and Inspector Tania Kura. It seems that since we exposed inadequacies in the management style of both Hoyle and Kura both have gone to ground and will not respond to questions put to them.
In the wake of our piece on Superintendent Sam Hoyle’s bully boy tactics in illegally trespassing a man who was properly serving legal documents on police, we have learned that police continue to lie, deny and perjure to the extent that they are completely out of control.
After being served with a trespass notice by Napier police Sgt Kristina Eckhold a Hawke’s Bay man was anxious to establish what if any grounds existed that justified their coming to his home unannounced and serving a trespass notice. To this end a request was made to Hoyle for a copy of the file. On behalf of Hoyle, Detective Daryl Moore responded by providing a copy of the trespass notice and statement of service signed by Eckhold. Moore wrote that these were the only documents police held in respect of this matter.
Knowing that the police are frequently less than truthful about such matters he pursued the request further which resulted in a police job sheet being disclosed. The author of that job sheet was Eckhold who certainly proved to have a vivid imagination, for the content of that document bore little resemblance to what had actually transpired when she served the trespass notice.
Eckhold was subsequently asked to confirm the accuracy of her job sheet by way of making a sworn statement, but it seems that her dishonesty falls short of so blatantly leaving herself open to a perjury prosecution. She has not responded to that request or several follow-ups nor offered any explanation for her somewhat “liberal” interpretation of events.
Here then we have yet another example of the culture of dishonesty that prevails within police in this country. It is a pattern of behavior that Superintendent Sam Hoyle and Inspector Tania Kura turn a blind eye to each day and perhaps even encourage or reward. Eckhold is also in a supervisory role and this is the standard she sets her own staff.
Whilst in isolation Eckhold’s brand of dishonesty has serious implications it is the wider
principal that must also be considered. Police job sheets often form the basis of a prosecution that will go before the courts. If that information is blatantly false, as is the case in this situation, then that process is flawed from the outset. NZPCA believes that there needs to be a better awareness that such dishonest practices are frequent within police and we will always take steps to identify individual police officers who come to our attention.
The clear message to Sgt Kristina Eckhold-Shadbolt is that the honeymoon is over and Initiative will continue to make dishonest cops like her accountable.