28 Sep 2014

Police job sheet information questioned

4:38 pm on 28 September 2014

A police job sheet appears to show a senior police officer telling another to do nothing about an official information request regarding controversial manipulation of crime statistics.

When information was released in July, it showed the police had reclassified about 700 burglaries in Counties Manukau as lesser incidents.

The job sheet prepared by Counties Manukau inspector Keith Brady records the district commander, Superintendent John Tims, telling him not to respond to the official information request from a journalist.

It said Mr Tims told Mr Brady he had discussed the request with the Deputy Commissioner and the Assistant Commissioner and it had been decided to let the request sit.

However, Mr Tims said he believed Mr Brady misinterpreted the conversation.

He said he told him no further action was necessary as he had already met the journalist and given him a verbal briefing.