This email below has been issued to FCAF members from Mike Clement Deputy Commissioner.
It is also rumored that a head may have “rolled” already.
Paula Bennett, regardless of a restructure, you still have an Arms Office that is woefully inadequate. We will not allow the excuse that “a fix is on the way” for problems that will continue to arise. We are all watching.
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Good afternoon FCAF members
Today, the Government released its response to the Law and Order Select Committee’s Report on issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms. For those of you that may not already have seen the response, I have attached a copy to this email.
The purpose of my email is to also advise you of the steps the Police Executive is taking to deliver stronger consultative and decision-making processes relating to our administration of the Arms Act.
We acknowledge there has been frustration and some concern relating to administration of the Arms Act, and that we need to be more responsive in consulting with the Forum and the wider firearms community.
The Police Executive recognises this concern, and is taking action in response. As you will be aware, in 2016 we established the Firearms Safety and Control Project to identify opportunities for improvement, but recognise that we need to move more quickly. As a result, we have introduced a new governance structure that provides greater oversight and direction of firearms related matters.
I’m pleased to advise that a new Arms Act Service Delivery Group, incorporating the Arms Control Unit and the Arms Safety Control Project is in the process of being established to lead this work. This new Group will report directly to the Police Executive and be focused on improving administrative efficiency and strengthening communications and consultative processes. It will take some time to get this group fully functioning. Until then, I welcome any questions, comments or suggestions you may have either directly through the email email@example.com or through FCAF. This will help build our appreciation of any issues as they arise.
In the interim the work already in progress will continue. We will continue to consult with the Forum as an important conduit between Police and the firearms community.
To further support the emphasis and priority Police is giving to this work, I’m pleased to welcome Acting Superintendent Mike McIlraith, who has been appointed to lead the group and will report directly to me, the Deputy Commissioner National Operations.
Mike brings a broad range of experience from his 25-year career with New Zealand Police, and a 20-year career with the New Zealand Army (Territorial Force), which has included service in Afghanistan and East Timor respectively, and in recent senior Police leadership roles in prevention, response, training and national project delivery.
To that end, Acting Supt. McIlraith will be making contact soon to meet Forum members and talk through these changes. He will be seeking your feedback on how we can keep you better informed and involved as we move forward.
Deputy Commissioner: National Operations | New Zealand Police
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