Well here is an excellent first. The sort of police action that sets the benchmark. A mongrel mob member has had his patch destroyed by the police.
It is akin to defrocking a priest. It strikes at the heart of all they believe in - all they believe they are.
This should happen everytime a gang member breaks the law. And they should be forced to watch it being destroyed. Gangs breed hate and the patch is nothing but a symbol of that hatred.
It will have the same effect as the gang patch ban of Wanganui. It will serve as a reminder that gangs are not normal and that their criminalty that manfests itself in i community intimidation and fear is not going to be accepted.
Police Minister Judith Collins must be delighted and proud of the Hawkes Bay constabulary.
Its that sort of thinking and hardline policing that will erode gang legitimacy everywhere.
Its also time for every Marae in the country to ban gang patches as well.
Gang tikanga is not Maori tikanga.