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IAM KEEN (December 2020)

This column is written by a frontline police member. It does not represent the views or policies of the Police Association.

Pot luck rules

Well, I am glad the cannabis referendum cleared up the whole issue…

So, it’s going to stay illegal, but I shouldn’t arrest anyone for it. I should direct them to the nearest non-existent rehab clinic. Oh, sorry, you aren’t addicted? You’re using it for your back pain? Carry on then, Sir.

Excuse me, Miss. You want me to arrest those gang members smoking cannabis outside your supermarket? Sorry, I can’t do that, but I’ll see if they want to go to rehab. Oh, you voted to keep it illegal? Well, that’s only sort of the case, Miss.

Confused? I sure am, and I think the public will be as well.

There is a bit of water to go under the bridge on this one, but one thing I have learnt is that if you can’t understand a law, it’s probably a bad one.

Continental drift

So, we’re going European… Strewth, if you had told old coppers a few years ago they would be driving Skodas, there would have been an uproar. I’ve never heard of a Skoda winning Bathurst.

But I’ve done a bit of homework and looks like they might have a few things going for them. One colleague reckons they’re Audis in disguise. The proof will be in the pudding and, knowing cops, there will be heaps criticising the new cars and others loving them.

Personally, something a bit different sounds like a bit of fun.

Risky business

I know the association has been banging on about firearms for a few years now, and our president has taken a fair bit of flak on the issue, but, once again, history has shown that frontline cops are the first to see changing risks in society. Try telling South Aucklanders that criminals with guns aren’t a concern.

Are those new Skodas going to come with bulletproof windscreens?

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