June 03, 2021
Squad picked for research into fair policing
Māori tribal and urban leaders have been included on the independent panel led by justice reform advocate Sir Kim Workman that will oversee research on ensuring fair policing.
Police Commissioner Andy Coster says the Understanding Policing Delivery project will identify whether, where and to what extent bias exists at a system level.
It will initially look at:
– who police stop and speak to and how they engage;
– decision making around when and why use of force is justified;
– and decision making around charges.
Tā Kim Workman says panel members bring to the table the diversity that is Aotearoa, together with the ability to discuss systemic bias in a constructive and open way.
They include National Urban Māori Authority chair Lady Tureiti Moxon, Waikato Tainui leader Rahui Papa, Auckland University of Technology Associate Professor Khylee Quince, Māori researcher Anne Waapu and Auckland Independent Māori Statutory Board member Glenn Wilcox, along with sociologist Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu chief executive Helen Leahy, Auckland City councillor Fa'anana Efeso Collins and others.
The research team is led by Professor Devon Polaschek at the University of Waikato’s Te Puna Haumaru New Zealand Institute of Security and Crime Science.
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