PO­LICE FILES

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

An in­ter­nal po­lice au­dit has re­vealed po­ten­tially for­got­ten files and ac­tive cases span­ning more than 15 years in Marl­bor­ough. The case man­age­ment over­view, re­leased un­der the Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act, of­fers an in­sight into the han­dling of in­ves­ti­ga­tions around the coun­try. The doc­u­ment rates Marl­bor­ough as an ef­fec­tive polic­ing area, with the av­er­age case com­pleted in less than half the time of the na­tional av­er­age. How­ever, there are 10 ac­tive cases in the sys­tem from 2002, with the old­est be­ing 5234-daysold. Tas­man District Com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike John­son con­firmed the old­est case, as of March 16 this year, re­lated to firearms but dis­puted its sta­tus as an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The file had most likely been re­ac­ti­vated af­ter the orig­i­nal of­fender ap­plied for a firearm or changed their ad­dress, John­son said. ’’The polic­ing around firearms is a fo­cus for us, and rightly so.’’

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