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Mana Whanonga Pirihimana Motuhake

Unauthorised use of Police database

21 October 2019

The Authority oversaw a Police investigation into the actions of a Police officer who accessed the Police database via his Police iPhone on the evening of 15 March 2019 to look at information about the person who had been arrested in relation to the Christchurch mosque shootings earlier that day.

At the time, the officer was one of about 55 Police staff from Wellington District who were to travel to Christchurch to assist with the Police investigation. He informed his sergeant that he had accessed information about the person arrested and was told that this was in breach of Police policy as there was no legitimate work-related reason for him to do this. The person was already in Police custody, and Police staff travelling to Christchurch were provided with an initial briefing in Wellington and told that they would receive a full briefing on arrival in Christchurch to provide them with necessary information.

The officer's conduct was addressed through an employment process which applied an appropriate outcome.

The Authority's review of the Police investigation agreed with the finding and the outcome.

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