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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

Mana Whanonga Pirihimana Motuhake

Complaints data

Read our complaints data here.

We received well over 2500 complaints last year.

Number of complaints

Financial Year to 30 June
Complaints 2614 2441 2515 2193 1997

Types of complaints

The most common complaints were over:

  • inadequate investigation
  • inadequate service
  • officer's attitude and language
  • use of force without a weapon.

Police shootings

We have investigated three fatal Police shooting incidents this reporting year.

There were six Police shooting incidents in the previous financial year. All of those investigations have been concluded.


In 2016/17 we released 33 public reports.


We completed 71 independent investigations and had 61 ongoing open investigations at 30 June 2017.

These complaints were of the most serious type and required independent investigation or oversight.

They included allegations of serious assaults by Police officers, failures by Police to adequately investigate serious matters and deaths or injuries following Police pursuits.

Read our latest Annual Report (PDF 1.1 MB) for more detail.

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