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We are the only NZ Police oversight body

We are not part of the NZ Police

Under law we are fully independent

If you have a complaint about the NZ Police, you can come to us

Whaia te pono, kia puawai ko te tika

Seek the truth, that justice may prevail

Reports on independent investigations

Read summaries and reports of our investigations here.

19 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the tactical decision-making and control and command exercised by Police in response to shots fired near Kawerau on 9 March 2016 was highly flawed and placed Police officers at risk. The Authority also found that Police were justified in shooting at Rhys Warren in the circumstances.


17 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer’s use of pepper spray in a Police cell was unjustified and unlawful.

Public Report (PDF 475 KB) Media Statement

12 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a person detained by Police for a mental health assessment should have been constantly monitored while in Police custody until he was able to be assessed by a mental health professional.

3 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police used excessive force following an arrest in Ashburton on Friday 21 July 2017.

26 June 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that an officer, who was criticised following a pre-trial hearing in Dunedin on 3 May 2017, did not have a conflict of interest in the case but some of his actions did not comply with good practice.

Public Report (PDF 421 KB)


24 May 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was not justified in his use of a Taser when arresting a member of the public on 4 March 2017.

Public Report (PDF 545 KB) Media Statement

15 March 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were not justified in stopping vehicles at a vehicle checkpoint to identify individuals who had attended an “Exit International” meeting in Lower Hutt on 2 October 2016.

Public Report (PDF 454 KB) Media Statement

15 February 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police Officer’s action in firing once at Christopher Brown in Porirua on 26 February 2017 was lawful and proportionate in the circumstances.

Public Report (PDF 537 KB) Media Statement

1 February 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that Police generally complied with Police policy during a fleeing driver incident in Auckland on 24 December 2016.

Public Report (PDF 395 KB)

25 January 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that two Police officers were justified in using force while arresting a man in Christchurch on 6 March 2017.

Public Report (PDF 494 KB) Media Statement

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