To: The Minister of Police - Hon. Poto Williams and Commissioner of Police - Andrew Coster

Call for Independent Inquiry into Institutional Racism and Racial Profiling by the Waikato Police

Call for Independent Inquiry into Institutional Racism and Racial Profiling by the Waikato Police

Establish an immediate independent inquiry into the Institutional Racism and Racial Profiling by the Waikato Police.

Why is this important?

Inquire into racial profiling by the Waikato Police and how the leadership and policies of the Waikato Police are impacting negatively on Maori, Pasifika and migrant communities.

Examine Waikato police's views about their behaviour and attitudes toward Maori, Pasifika and migrant communities in the Waikato District. Investigate the factors associated with attitudes among the Waikato command structure, it's hierarchy and policing staff to assess likely responses to proposed changes for building responsiveness to Maori, Pasifika and ethnic communities.

Examine the extent to which police attitudes are impacting on police practice and how Waikato Police aims to assess likely responses to the systemic changes in building responsiveness for Maori, Pasifika and ethnic communities.

Examine the cultural competency of the Waikato Police command structure, its hierarchy and officers. In 2015, the Police Commissioner Mike Bush admitted unconscious bias in the NZ Police service. Negative attitudes, discriminatory behaviour and racist abuse within
the police towards Maori, Pasifika and ethnic minorities is reported to be wide spread in the Waikato District. How does the Command Structure examine police views about their behaviour and attitudes toward Maori, Pasifika and ethnic communities to look at factors associated with different attitudes among police officers and to assess likely responses to proposed changes for building responsiveness and to avoid the over-policing of Maori, Pasifika and ethic communities?

Six years from the Police Commissioner admitting that unconscious bias exists, what cultural competency education/awareness programmes does the Waikato Police have in place to address the bias and how is the success or failure of these programmes measured in terms of police management and staff becoming more effective in their roles and exhibiting cultural responsiveness?

Nearly 70 percent of the prison population is made up of Māori and Pacific Islanders, who also make just over half the number of people arrested, despite being a small proportion of the population, how is the Waikato Police utilsing and implementing Te Huringa o Te Tai into it's everyday practice, professional development and liaison throughout all Maori, Pasifika and ethnic communities in the Waikato district?

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/in-depth/437944/police-using-app-to-photograph-innocent-youth-it-s-so-wrong

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/438000/police-photographing-inquiry-extends-to-wider-public-s-experiences

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/in-depth/437944/police-using-app-to-photograph-innocent-youth-it-s-so-wrong

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/racial-stereotyping-by-police-systemic-institutionalised-race-relations-commissioner/KY7MLSJLUKALPCFZIYSBLFYK5Y/

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO2103/S00090/te-pati-maori-is-calling-for-royal-commission-of-inquiry-into-police-racial-profiling-of-maori.htm

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/treatment-m-ori-police-more-than-just-unconscious-bias-in-force-psychologist-says

https://www.hrc.co.nz/files/2914/2409/4608/HRC-Structural-Report_final_webV1.pdf

Waikato District, Waikato, New Zealand

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