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8 December 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police involved in a pursuit in Auckland did not comply with the Police fleeing driver policy and that their actions put the five occupants of the fleeing car, as well as other road users, in danger when they repeatedly crashed into it in an effort to stop it. 

Full Report (PDF, 669 kb) Media Statement

1 December 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Whakatane Police officer did not deliberately use pepper spray on a 10-year-old girl and her mother while they were seated in a car that had been stopped by Police. However, the officer’s use of spray in a confined space, in the circumstances, was careless.

Full Report (PDF 574 kb) Media Statement

24 November 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that Police were justified in commencing a pursuit in Stokes Valley on 18 April 2015, and complied with law and Police policy throughout.

Full Report (PDF, 455 kb)

22 November 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two officers repeatedly disregarded both Police fleeing driver policy and the directions of the pursuit controller during a 20 minute pursuit in South Auckland on 13 August 2015.

Full Report (PDF 609, kb) Media Statement

17 November 2016

1 November 2016

On Tuesday 1 November 2016 at 10 am the Authority will release its report on a serious crash during a Police pursuit in Auckland on 11 February 2016.

The Authority found that Police complied with the law and Police policy throughout the pursuit, particularly in respect of their justification for commencing the pursuit, communication, speed and manner of driving, and risk assessment.

The report will be released on our website, with no accompanying media statement.

Full Report (PDF, 495 kb)

28 October 2016

An independent review of the Police Vetting Service by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) has identified a number of key ways the Service can improve privacy safeguards for individuals and protect the public.

Full Report (PDF, 608 kb) Media Statement

26 October 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified.

Full Report (PDF, 509kb) Media Statement

20 October 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two Police officers were justified in shooting Vaughan Te Moananui at his sister’s house in Thames at 4.37pm on Saturday, 2 May 2015.

Full Report (PDF, 602kb) Media Statement

27 September 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that Police breached the rights of three people detained at the Greymouth Police Station on 2 May 2015.

Full Report (PDF 514kb) Media Statement

21 September 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police officers involved in two pursuits in which teenagers lost their lives in January 2016 were justified in commencing pursuit and complied with law and Police policy throughout.

Full Report (PDF, 444kb) Media Statement

21 September 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police officers involved in two pursuits in which teenagers lost their lives in January 2016 were justified in commencing pursuit and complied with law and Police policy throughout.

Full Report (PDF 450kb) Media Statement

15 September 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that Police were justified in commencing a pursuit of four teenagers in a camper van in Rotorua on 6 December 2015, and complied with all relevant law and Police policy.

Full Report (PDF, 467kb)

14 September 2016

In a report released today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that, while the practice of issuing pre-charge warnings to offenders has had a number of benefits, they are being used inconsistently and sometimes inappropriately.

Full Report (PDF, 493kb) 

Media Statement

6 September 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two Police officers were justified in shooting Pera Smiler in Wakefield Street, Upper Hutt on 8 September 2015, following an armed confrontation.

Full Report (PDF, 788 kb) Media Statement

1 September 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two Police officers were justified in shooting David Cerven, a Slovakian national, in Myers Park, Auckland on 2 August 2015. However, the actions of the officers, in deciding to immediately approach and challenge Mr Cerven while he was engaged with other unarmed officers, precipitated Mr Cerven’s response.

Full Report (PDF 884kb) Media Statement

4 August 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in their initial pursuit of a BMW. However, due to the high risks involved, the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) officer in pursuit should have abandoned the pursuit at an earlier stage, and should not have tried to forcefully stop the BMW by himself.

Full Report (PDF 810 kb) Media Statement

7 July 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority was unable to make a finding as to what force was used on a Putaruru man in June 2015.

Full Report (PDF, 494kb)

23 June 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that Police unlawfully arrested a man at his home in Upper Hutt on 23 January 2015, after mistaking him for an offender they were seeking.

Full Report (PDF 517kb)

Media Statement

16 June 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that a Counties Manukau CIB Action Plan relating to unlicenced drivers did not intend that Maori drivers be given preferential treatment.

Full Report (PDF, 428 kb) Media Statement

25 May 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that Police failed to follow policy and good practice in their response to a missing person report regarding Nicholas Stevens in Hamilton on 9 March 2015.

Full Report (PDF 864kb) Media Statement

5 May 2016

An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found that Police were justified in using force to arrest a man outside a Hamilton nightclub.

Full Report (PDF 543kb) Media Statement (PDF 291kb)

28 April 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that the force used on a man following his arrest in Bulls was justified.

Full Report (PDF, 473kb)

24 March 2016

The IPCA released a report today finding that Police officers were justified in using force on a man when arresting him following a Police pursuit in Upper Hutt. 

Full Report (PDF, 482 kb)


17 March 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that the condition of the Papakura court cells was a significant contributor in the death of Dwayne Walters.

Full Report (PDF, 648kb) Media Statement

15 March 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that Police officers were justified in using force when detaining a mental health patient in Auckland

Full Report (PDF, 462kb)

10 March 2016

In a report released today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the second and third stages of a Police pursuit in Whanganui should not have occurred.

Full Report (PDF 573kb) Media Statement

9 March 2016

The Authority released a report today on Police actions during the arrest and detention of a man in Christchurch on 11 January 2015.

Full report (PDF, 515kb)

18 February 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that Police were justified in closing down two out of control parties at a Wellington Street address in Hamilton on 16 and 17 January 2015.

Full Report (PDF, 642kb) | Media Release

21 January 2016

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that force used by a Police officer on a boy while he was at Taupo Police station was excessive and contrary to law.

Full Report (PDF, 440kb) | Media Statement


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