The 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.
Dalby – country cop
In September 2012 a team of police from Waipukurau executed an illegally obtained search warrant on a home in rural Waipukurau. Police are usually quick to distance themselves from any civil matters but it seem that when it suits their double standards they will make an exception and in this instance they jumped straight in to something that was a civil matter.
The OIC of that operation was Senior Constable Mike Dalby, a country cop who is effectively guilty of home invasion. When lawyers tried to complain to police in November 2012, Area Commander Sam Hoyle absolved himself of all responsibility and passed it on to his underling Tania Kura to be dealt with. Instead of responding in a transparent and honest manner Kura went to ground and refused to engage with lawyers in any way, no doubt hoping that this would make the problem go away. For months Kura and her staff refused to pass the complaint on to the Independent Police Conduct Authority, in arrogant defiance of the legislation which specifically requires police to notify the IPCA within 5 working days.
Solely because of Kura’s inability to deal with and front up to their failures police now face civil proceedings. Even when confronted with this they continue to waste huge amounts of tax payer money by employing cash strapped high priced Crown lawyers to defend the indefensible.
Abuses and bullying of this nature by police is commonplace across the country. If you have been the victim of a similar home invasion Initiative would like to hear from you