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Mark Scott briefly cov­ered Ro­torua as a New Zealand Her­ald re­porter in 1980 and caught his first glimpses of an ugly po­lice cul­ture at its height – the boast­ing of beat­ings, dog maul­ings and the “nig­ger” word thrown around as a provo­ca­tion. In the years since, he has main­tained a close watch on po­lice con­duct and cul­ture, com­plet­ing many in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­clud­ing a fea­ture for Metro mag­a­zine. Some 10 years ago, he did a series of sto­ries for cur­rent af­fairs TV show 60 Min­utes, cov­er­ing po­lice pur­suits, Tasers and the use of po­lice dogs; he is cur­rently en­gaged in a project con­cern­ing po­lice re­cruit­ment strate­gies. While re­search­ing his cover story on the Greg Mc­peake case in Napier and the myth of our un­armed po­lice ( page 30), Scott found lit­tle had im­proved in to­day’s sta­tis­tics on the use of force, po­lice pur­suits and dog pol­icy. The award-win­ning writer lives in con­verted tea­rooms on Auck­land’s in­ner har­bour, but oth­er­wise di­vides his time be­tween cot­tages in Piha, the Hokianga, Ton­ga­porutu and Rim­rock Ranch, Ari­zona.

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