now we have proof it’s real.
The president of the Police Association says he shares the frustration of a group of Christchurch men who performed a citizen’s arrest on an alleged robber, only to be told to let the offender go.
Christchurch man Mike Creedy performed the citizen’s arrest on Monday with a group of tradies after the person allegedly stole motorbike parts before running away, the NZ Herald reported.
However, after calling the police, Creedy was told to let the man go.
Canterbury Metro Area Commander Supt Lane Todd told the Herald officers were “called to several high-priority family harm events while this theft was occurring”.
Police Association president Chris Cahill said this highlighted the challenges officers faced meeting demand.
“I share the frustration that the members of the public who acted are expressing and… I can understand why wider members of the public are frustrated,” he told Newshub on Wednesday.
Cahill said he’d also spoken to many police officers who expressed their frustration.
“It really reflects the challenges police have of meeting all the demands out there at the moment with the number of frontline staff available.
“This optimises some of those challenges and [you have] every right to be frustrated if you’re a member of the public and reading a story like this.”
Cahill said the public had a right to know how many sworn frontline officers were working in the Christchurch area on Monday.
“I think it requires more answers than we’ve got at the moment because the public has every right to expect, in these circumstances, that police should be able to attend.”
How many police were allocated to traffic duties, nabbing drivers doing one km/h over the speed limit in Christchurch that day?
No wonder people are taking the law into their own hands. When crime arrives on your doorstep and there is danger just seconds away the Police are minutes if not hours away, and in this case not even interested, even though the hard work had already been done for them.
If people in cities are getting such poor service from Police, imagine the frustration in rural areas. We are going to see more and more cases of citizens who have had enough of criminals in their community, sorting things out themselves.
Meanwhile the Police are spending $208 million harassing licensed firearms owners…
Cam Slater is a New Zealand-based blogger, best known for his role in Dirty Politics and publishing the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog, which operated from 2005 until it closed in 2019. This article was first published HERE