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Summary Report on Police investigation into a complaint of assault

11 September 2014 - The Authority has today released its report on the Police investigation into a complaint by Mr X of an assault by a Fielding Police officer. Summary Report (PDF, 426kb). Media Statement

Report on Police handling of 'out of control' parties

28 August 2014 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority review has found that Police are working to ensure officers called upon to deal with out of control gatherings in future are better trained to deal with the situations they may face. Full Report (PDF, 1.21mb). Media Statement.

Summary Report on serious injury to Kyle McArtney from Police dog bite

21 August 2014 - A report released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Nelson Police dog handler was justified in releasing his dog to apprehend Kyle McArtney as the officer reasonably suspected he was an offender. Summary Report (PDF, 561kb). Media Statement

Report on allegation of excessive force following Police pursuit in Taupo

14 August 2014 - The force used by Taupo Police officers on a male driver following a Police pursuit was reasonable and justified, in the circumstances they faced, an Independent Police Conduct Authority investigation has found. Summary Report (PDF, 724kb). Media Statement

Report on fatal Police shooting of Antony Ratahi

7 August 2014 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found a Police officer was justified in fatally shooting Antony Ratahi in order to protect himself, his fellow officers and Mr Ratahi’s former partner (Ms Z) whom he had taken hostage in an Opunake hotel 12 hours earlier. Full Report (PDF, 2.05mb). Media Statement

Report on the Police investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa

24 July 2014 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police to identify Mr Rewa earlier as the serial sex offender. Full Report (PDF, 1.10mb). Media Statement

Report on Police investigation of alleged unlawful interception of private communications by Government Communications Security Bureau

17 July 2014 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today on the Police investigation of the interception of private communications by officers of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has found that the Police decision not to prosecute was justified. Full Report (PDF, 956kb). Media Statement

Summary report on Police use of force against Mark Smillie during arrest


12 June 2014 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today finds the continued use of a Taser during the arrest of Whakatane man Mark Smillie was excessive and contrary to law. Summary Report (PDF, 619kb). Media Statement

Summary report on Police shooting of David Taite


5 June 2014 - The officer involved in the non-fatal shooting of David Taite on 20 October 2011 just outside of Otane in Central Hawkes Bay was justified in shooting him, according to a report released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.  Summary Report (PDF, 636kb).  Media Statement

Summary report on Police response to media enquiries about 'Roastbusters'

22 May 2014 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today on the Police handling of information provided to the media in response to enquiries about the ‘Roastbusters’ found that a systemic breakdown in communication by Police led to inaccurate information being provided to the public although no individual could be criticised for that action. Summary Report (PDF, 584kb). Media Statement

Summary report on Complaint made by Denise Lane to the Office of the Ombudsman

20 May 2014 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its report which examines Police conduct relating to the convictions of Joyce Conwell for the attempted murder of Doreen Middlemiss in Dunedin in June 1998, and the murder of Alec Rodgers in Christchurch in September 1999. The Authority found that although some aspects of the Police investigation were undesirable, there is no evidence to support the complaint that the confession by Joyce Conwell was coerced. Summary Report (PDF, 736kb). Media Statement

Report on Police closure of Maces Road, Christchurch in February 2012

8 May 2014 - The IPCA today released its report on the actions of Christchurch Police in temporarily closing Maces Road on 18 February 2012 to check approximately 200 vehicles congregated in the area.While the Authority accepts that Police needed to act to control the situation given their concern about the large number of people gathered and possible disorder, their detention of people, in some cases for more than six hours, and their treatment of them during this time, was unlawful and a breach of human rights. Full Report (PDF, 1.07mb) Media Statement

Summary report on serious injury to passenger during Police pursuit

1 May 2014 - A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the serious injury to a passenger during a Police pursuit in Tauranga last year has found the actions of one of the officers to be unjustified, placing the fleeing driver,  members of the public and Police at risk. Summary Report (PDF, 620kb). Media Statement

Summary report on death of Adam Palmer in Police custody

17 April 2014 - A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try and resuscitate Mr Palmer once his condition became apparent. Summary Report (PDF, 618kb). Media Statement

Summary report on Police use of force during arrest

10 April 2014 - In releasing its report on the use of force by Police in arresting a high-risk man who posed a serious threat of harming himself or the officers at the scene, the Independent Police Conduct Authority found that Police complied with the law and Police policy, and were justified in their actions.Summary Report (PDF, 638kb).Media Statement

Report on the use of a Police dog during the arrest of Blair Taylor

7 April 2014 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its report on the serious injury to an Invercargill man, Mr Blair Taylor following a Police dog bite in April 2011. Full Report (PDF, 1081kb). Media Statement

Summary report on the deaths of four men following Police pursuit in Mangere

27 March 2014 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its report on a fatal Police pursuit in Auckland that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Dominic Stehlin and his three passengers following a Police pursuit in Mangere on 11 May 2013. Summary Report (PDF, 596kb). Media Statement

Summary report on the fatal pursuit of Ayla Nelson-Boyd

27 March 2014 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its report on the death of Ayla Nelson-Boyd following a Police pursuit in November 2013. Summary Report (PDF, 593kb). Media Statement

Authority finds flaws in Christchurch Police investigation of off-duty officer

20 March 2014 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority review of a Police investigation into an assault on a Christchurch youth in 2011 by an off-duty Police officer has identified shortcomings on the part of Christchurch Police. Summary Report (PDF, 623kb). Media Statement

Authority finds failings by Police in handling of 2005 car crash investigation

14 March 2014 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority report has found that multiple failings by Southern District Police enabled the criminal conduct of two officers to go undiscovered following a car crash in Alexandra involving a Police officer and a 17-year-old. However, the Authority found no evidence of a conspiracy amongst the officers overseeing the crash investigation. Full Report (PDF, 1.25mb). Media Statement

Summary Report on serious injury collision following Police response to cattle on Old Coach Road

27 February 2014 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its summary report on the serious injury to a Dunedin truck driver following a collision with a cattle beast after a Police Communicator’s failure to record significant information during an emergency call. Summary Report (PDF, 508kb). Media Statement

Summary Report on serious injury from Police dog bite released

30 January 2014 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its report on the serious injury to a Palmerston North man (Mr W) following a Police dog bite on 14 November 2012. The Authority found that Police followed all relevant policy and acted appropriately during the incident. Summary Report (PDF, 652kb). Media Statement

Summary Report on Police response to complaints made by Ashlee Edwards

19 December 2013 - The Authority’s investigation found that the Police response to Ms Edwards’ complaints relating to  protection order breaches by her former partner Jimmy Akuhata, were poorly managed and grossly inadequate. Summary Report (PDF, 540kb). Media Statement

Summary Report on fatal pursuit of James Dean Miles

14 November 2013 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its report into the death of 18 year-old James Dean Miles following a Police pursuit north of Katikati in late 2012, finding Police followed all relevant Policy and acted appropriately during the pursuit. Summary Report (PDF, 691kb). Media Statement

Report on fatal Police shooting of Lachan Kelly-Tumarae

24 October 2013 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its report on the fatal Police shooting of nineteen-year-old Lachan Kelly-Tumarae in Omahu, a small settlement west of Hastings, in March 2011. Full Report (PDF, 2.30MB). Media Statement

Report on Police closure of a party at 70 Homebush Road, Khandallah

17 October 2013 - An Independent Police Conduct Authority report has found that Police acted contrary to law in entering a private residence on Homebush Road, Khandallah, Wellington in the early hours of 5 September 2009. Full Report (PDF, 1.25MB). Media Statement

Summary Report on fatal pursuit of Rocky Joe Kohatu Hepi

10 October 2013 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its summary report into the death of Rocky Joe Kohatu Hepi following a Police pursuit in Nawton, Hamilton earlier this year. Summary Report (PDF, 676kb). Media Statement

Summary Report on Police Shooting of Ruka Hemopo

10 October 2013 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released its summary report on the non-fatal shooting of Ruka Hemopo at a Waitangirua address in Wellington on 2 May 2013. Summary Report (PDF, 596kb). Media Statement

Summary Report on the serious injury to Akshay Fenn and another during Police pursuit

29 August 2013 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released it's report relating to the serious injury of two young men during a Police pursuit in Mt Eden, Auckland. Summary Report (PDF, 510kb). Media Statement

Summary Report on the death of Liku Onesi following collision with a Police vehicle

29 August 2013 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released it's report relating to the death of a woman in Flatbush, Auckland following a collision with a Police car engaged in urgent duty driving at the time. Summary Report (PDF, 773kb). Media Statement

Summary Report into Police actions during the arrest of John Bennett

20 August 2013 - The Authority today released a summary report into Police actions during the arrest of John Bennett in Christchurch on 16 December 2011. The first of its kind to be publicly released by the current Chair of the Independent Police Conduct Authority, this report sets out the Authority’s independent review of the Police investigation into their actions during Mr Bennett's arrest. Summary Report (PDF, 579kb). Media Statement

Summary Report on the serious bodily harm to four youths during a Police pursuit

8 August 2013 - The Authority today released the results of its investigation on the serious bodily harm to four youths during a Police pursuit. The Authority found Police complied with the law and policy throughout the pursuit and the communication, especially in relation to risk, was excellent. Summary Report (PDF, 512kb). Media Statement

Summary Report on the death of Callan Moss following a Police pursuit

8 August 2013 - The Authority today released the results if its investigation into the death of Callan Moss following a Police pursuit. The Authroity found that Police not only considered all risk factors before commencing the pursuit but also fully complied with the law and Police policy during the pursuit. Summary Report (PDF, 509kb). Media Statement

Report into serious injury to Shane Legg following arrest

5 August 2013 - The Authority today released the results of its independent investgation into the serious injury to Shane Legg following his arrest. The Authority found that while Police actions were reasonable and complied with the law in most respects, one officer failed to fulfil his duty of care to the person in his custody. Full Report (PDF, 1.80mb). Media Statement

Report on the death of Georgina Cherish Stone – Te Haara following Police Pursuit

9 July 2013 - The Authority found that the actions of the fleeing driver, Mr Tonga, ultimately led to the death of Ms Stone-Te Haara. While officers failed to comply with Police policy in some areas, the Authority could not conclude that these failures and other actions contributed to Ms Stone-Te Haara’s death. Full report (PDF, 1.40mb), Media Statement

Operation Eight: A Report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority

22 May 2013 - The Authority today released the results of its independent investigation into the Police operation which focused on the activities of a group of people who appeared tobe involved in military-style training camps based in the remote Urewera forest in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Full report (PDF, 1587.2kb), Media Statement

Report released on triple fatality following Police pursuit

9 May 2013 - An independent investigation into three deaths and a serious injury following a Police pursuit of a fleeing car in Gisborne last year was released today. More>>

Use of Taser justified

14 March 2013 - An independent investigation has found that a Police officer was justified in using a Taser to arrest a man during an incident in Hornby, Christchurch, on 13 May 2010. Summary report

Police could have prevented death, independent report finds

28 February 2013 - Police could have prevented the death of Diane White, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found. Full report (PDF, 1786KB), media statement

Report on Police pursuit released

4 February 2013 - The Independent Police Conduct Authority has recommended that Police review and change their policies following a pursuit of a motorcyclist who suffered serious bodily harm, including a severe brain injury, when he crashed during a Police pursuit. Full report (PDF, 1650KB), media statement

Shooting justified, Authority finds

30 November 2012 - An independent investigation has found a Police officer was justified in shooting a man during an incident in Otaki on 24 February 2011. Full report (PDF, 411KB)

New review calls on Police to improve youth detention

23 October 2012 - A new review is calling for Police to improve their training and the treatment of young people in custody. Full report (PDF, 2.16MB), media statement

Fatal pursuit of Harley Wilson and Michael Keepa

28 September 2012 - An independent investigation of a fatal Police pursuit in Te Puke in October 2010 has found Police were justified in initially trying to stop the driver but should have subsequently abandoned the pursuit because of a number of risk factors.Full report (PDF, 1.5MB), media statement

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