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.