The New Zealand Police: “Please – Let me explain.”

Hello. I’m Mike Bush. I’m the big boss of the New Zealand Police. Perhaps you’ve heard of me? Yesterday I was on TV3 talking to their interviewing people. I looked pretty good. You should check it out.

I’ve been asked to write a few words in order to clear up one or two things since the commentary of Dr Jarrod Gilbert and his inability to gain access to crime figures in order to conduct his research.

There are a few things that need to be cleared up about this small misunderstanding.

Firstly, the contracts that Dr Gilbert is talking about are old contracts. They are not in use any more – except, obviously, for the one we still, quite accidentally, have for Dr Gilbert. That one seems to have slipped through our fingers.

Secondly, if the above paragraph were true, then it would be a much better explanation than the actual explanation, which is pretty much along the lines of what Dr Gilbert was saying during the week.

Thirdly, there is absolutely no researcher blacklist. Why on earth would the New Zealand Police ban researchers from using their data? When have we ever been worried about how we are portrayed in the meda? When have we ever done anything immoral or illegal in order to protect our image and the people who work for us?

Exactly.

I hope that’s cleared up a few things.

Regards,

Commissioner Mike Bush.

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