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Mana Whanonga Pirihimana Motuhake

Officers from Southern District allegedly used MDMA

3 November 2021

The Authority oversaw two separate Police investigations into allegations of MDMA use by a small group of Southern District Police Officers. Police conducted incident investigations as there was no physical evidence upon which to base criminal charges.

In the first instance, Police found that in isolation to each other, one officer had used, and one officer had obtained MDMA while at an out of town concert. In the second instance (based on an anonymous complaint to Police), officers denied any knowledge, possession or use of MDMA.

Police took appropriate actions and reinforced employment expectations while providing welfare support to staff. The Authority agrees with the findings and the outcome.

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