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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

The Independent Police Conduct Authority is an independent body set up by Parliament to keep watch over the Police.

  • We handle, investigate and resolve complaints against the Police. If you have a complaint about the Police, you can come to us. 


    Read more about what we do.

  • Headed by Judge Colin Doherty, we have a team of case resolution officers, investigators, report writers and support staff.


    Find out more about our team.



  • We're fully independent. We make our own judgements about the facts, based on evidence and the law. 


    Find out more about what makes us statutorily independent. 

  • Read about the history of the IPCA and how our role has changed since we were established by Parliament as New Zealand’s first Police oversight body in 1989.

  • Our mission is to be a world class Police oversight body. 


    Read more about what we stand for. 



  • Read about why independent civilian oversight matters, even in a country like New Zealand where the Police are committed to high standards of conduct.

  • Read more about our role in monitoring places of detention and the treatment of people in Police custody to ensure human rights standards are being met.

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