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Danedin Police Inquiry.

United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph

DtTNEDIK. July 12

1 After lunch to-day the Police Commission hoard tboevid&nca of Sub-Inspec-toi Green, who stated th-it he knew nothing about the charges agr-insfc Moses and McDonald till aftor they were arrested. He was never called on to see that the sergeants did their duty properly, but ho had known thorn to ba admonished by the Inspector aad instructed ro double back on constables on the beat. Witness thought the station should be in charge of a sergeant at nights, who would ba senior to those on duty and responsible for them. Asked by Police Commissioner Dinnie if a little move supervision would have prevented the robberies, witness could not, say, but volunteered the opinion that, if men were dishonest, they could not be made honent.

Sergeant W. H. Higgins said that he never had any suspicion that the robberies were going on. As to supervision, ie was his duty to visit the mon on their beats, and he started on his round shortly after 10 at night. There were eight beats, and it was impossible to find a constable unless he (the Sergeant) could pick him up at the starting point. In six hours ho had to visit from ten to twelve men three times. The beats here were too large j hence the difficulty in finding the men. He had done nothing to try to remedy this. Some of the beats were over six miles in extent, and others over four. He had repeatedly doubled back on the men. They had had a very indifferent lot of men here for tho past five years. For one good man sent here there were five bad ones. If men made " bloomers " elsewhere, they were dumped down here. It was a regular Siberia and known aa such. As for being censured for not visiting properly, he utterly denied that it bad ever happened to him. Dunedin, July 13

The Police Commission resumed sitting this morning.—Sergeant Ryan said that when the robbery was committed at the D.I.C. he found Mose3 oS his beat for 40 minutes. The beats were 100 large for a sergeant to visit the men three times in a night. He suggested the cutting up of each section into two with a sergeant in charge of each.

Chief Detective Herbert said fhat the beats were too laige for the sergeants to have proper control. The city should be cut up into throe sections with a sergeant in charge of each, and there should be an extra sub-Inspector for night duty.

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Danedin Police Inquiry., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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Danedin Police Inquiry. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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