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Chester Borrows

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Chester Borrows: Arming Police will do more harm than good

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

According to a recent Police Association survey, 69 per cent of New Zealand officers want to be armed regularly.Violence against the police is on the rise with 1500 officers assaulted in 2020.Former officer and former National MP Chester Borrows told Heather du Plessis-Allan the figures do not surprise him."The Police have always wanted more and more equipment I suppose to get tougher and tougher, and I can understand that... they're dealing with stuff I never saw so it's a totally different environment."However, Borrows believes adding more guns to people's hips is not the answer."You are going to see more deaths, you are going to see more Policemen shot and you're going to see more civilians shot."If you look at the States where they arm the Police, something like 80 per cent of Police get killed in the States with their own firearm."

4mins

20 Jul 2021

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The Panel with Ella Henry and Chester Borrows (Part 2)

The Panel

The Māori Party looks set to make a triumphant return to Parliament after Rawiri Waititi regained the seat of Waiariki back from Labour. A hui's been held to discuss the need for a national food strategy. Eat New Zealand chief executive Angela Clifford tells The Panel why this is necessary.

25mins

20 Oct 2020

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The Panel with Ella Henry and Chester Borrows (Part 1)

The Panel

Tourism Aotearoa has floated the idea of a domestic travel card, loaded with $200 for all New Zealanders as a way to help the struggling tourism sector. National's caucus began the task of trying to pick up the pieces, at its first meeting following the weekend's crushing defeat.

24mins

20 Oct 2020

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What panellists Ella Henry and Chester Borrows are thinking

The Panel

What panellists Ella Henry and Chester Borrows have been thinking.

4mins

20 Oct 2020

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Chester Borrows: Former cop backs frontline police wearing body cameras

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

A former cop hopes the idea of frontline police wearing body cameras, gets revisited.Last week three Taranaki police officers entered not guilty pleas to a charge of manslaughter after a man died at the Hawera station last year.A review of body cameras in 2018 was cut short and never completed.Former head of the Government's justice advisory group Chester Borrows told Kate Hawkesby it could help with future investigations.“It could be helpful for both the police and the public if there was some way to record what they got up to, how they were spoken to and how they were treated -- so there's evidence for every incident they attend. “LISTEN ABOVE

3mins

30 Jun 2020

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NZ criminal justice system not fit for purpose - Chester Borrows

RNZ: Morning Report

A scathing report into the country's criminal justice system says it is not fit for purpose. The report, ordered by the Justice Minister Andrew Little, points in particular to the poor treatment of victims - especially victims of sexual crimes. And it says Māori suffer because racism is embedded in every area of the criminal justice system. Chester Borrows is leading the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group. He joins us in the Auckland studio.

7mins

9 Jun 2019

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Chester Borrows: Report a stark reminder justice system is busted

The Weekend Collective

A new report reveals an overwhelming sense of desperation and frustration with our justice system.Key themes include the over-representation of Maori, the silo approach of government departments and a jargonistic court system.The report was produced by the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group.Chair Chester Borrows, who has worked in the justice sector for over 40 years, says he's not surprised by what's come through."I'm always shocked at how blunt a lot of the bad behaviour and the bad responses people get is."He says the report is a voice from the public."A voice that's largely been unheard and it's a pretty stark reminder that people don't think the Justice System is working very well at all."Speaking to The Weekend Collective, Borrows says that the Police Commissioner has admitted himself that Police have been engaging in habits that are considered racists for some decades.He says that evidence shows that people who are Maori going through the justice system are more likely to be prosecuted or receive a longer and harsher sentence."If you say 'are Justices racist', well, it's pretty public for them to make this accusation, and that's what we are hearing."Borrows' report has also found that victims find the court process as traumatic as the crime that was committed against them. Borrows wants to see an end to the 'silo' approach of all the organisations within the justice system, and is calling for a new, 'joined-up view' that will see a collective approach to tackling these issues. "We need to do something about it. It's all our job as New Zealanders."

6mins

9 Jun 2019

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Chester Borrows: Report a stark reminder justice system is busted

Politics Central

A new report reveals an overwhelming sense of desperation and frustration with our justice system.Key themes include the over-representation of Maori, the silo approach of government departments and a jargonistic court system.The report was produced by the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group.Chair Chester Borrows, who has worked in the justice sector for over 40 years, says he's not surprised by what's come through."I'm always shocked at how blunt a lot of the bad behaviour and the bad responses people get is."He says the report is a voice from the public."A voice that's largely been unheard and it's a pretty stark reminder that people don't think the Justice System is working very well at all."Speaking to The Weekend Collective, Borrows says that the Police Commissioner has admitted himself that Police have been engaging in habits that are considered racists for some decades.He says that evidence shows that people who are Maori going through the justice system are more likely to be prosecuted or receive a longer and harsher sentence."If you say 'are Justices racist', well, it's pretty public for them to make this accusation, and that's what we are hearing."Borrows' report has also found that victims find the court process as traumatic as the crime that was committed against them. Borrows wants to see an end to the 'silo' approach of all the organisations within the justice system, and is calling for a new, 'joined-up view' that will see a collective approach to tackling these issues. "We need to do something about it. It's all our job as New Zealanders."

6mins

9 Jun 2019

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Chester Borrows: Report a stark reminder justice system is busted

The Weekend Collective

A new report reveals an overwhelming sense of desperation and frustration with our justice system.Key themes include the over-representation of Maori, the silo approach of government departments and a jargonistic court system.The report was produced by the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group.Chair Chester Borrows, who has worked in the justice sector for over 40 years, says he's not surprised by what's come through."I'm always shocked at how blunt a lot of the bad behaviour and the bad responses people get is."He says the report is a voice from the public."A voice that's largely been unheard and it's a pretty stark reminder that people don't think the Justice System is working very well at all."Speaking to The Weekend Collective, Borrows says that the Police Commissioner has admitted himself that Police have been engaging in habits that are considered racists for some decades.He says that evidence shows that people who are Maori going through the justice system are more likely to be prosecuted or receive a longer and harsher sentence."If you say 'are Justices racist', well, it's pretty public for them to make this accusation, and that's what we are hearing."Borrows' report has also found that victims find the court process as traumatic as the crime that was committed against them. Borrows wants to see an end to the 'silo' approach of all the organisations within the justice system, and is calling for a new, 'joined-up view' that will see a collective approach to tackling these issues. "We need to do something about it. It's all our job as New Zealanders."

6mins

9 Jun 2019

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Chester Borrows questions Bridges' crime stats claim

RNZ: Morning Report

The head of the government's Criminal Justice Reform Panel is questioning claims from the National Party about serious crime being on the rise. National leader Simon Bridges says a rise in serious crime cases before the courts since the 2017 election is partly due to a 'soft on crime' approach by the government. Chester Borrows, a former National MP, is the chair of the government's Criminal Justice Reform Panel. He talks to Susie Ferguson.

3mins

27 May 2019

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