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7 December 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer’s use of a ‘carotid hold’ while arresting a man in Tawa was disproportionate to the resistance being offered and amounted to excessive force.  More >>

16 November 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police unlawfully arrested, and used unjustified force on, a man in Lower Hutt on 23 December 2015. More >>

14 November 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in commencing a pursuit of a stolen Subaru in Taita, Wellington, on 12 November 2016. Police generally conducted the pursuit in accordance with policy, apart from not following the full abandonment procedure after losing sight of the Subaru for some time. More >>

10 November 2017

Currently, New Zealand Police officers are involved in on average 300 fleeing driver events (commonly referred to as “Police pursuits”) per month. Drivers who choose to undertake high-risk driving behaviour when failing to stop for Police, increase the risk to themselves and the public, including the risk of serious injury or fatality. While these events are challenging, dynamic and complex events, they only represent a small proportion (0.1%) of vehicle stops by Police each year. More >>

26 October 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in firing shots from a pistol at Murray Allan in Christchurch on 4 February 2017. Mr Allan received minor injuries to his head.  More >>

12 October 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two officers should have made further enquiries when dealing with an incident involving Tevita Filo on 6 January 2016, and that a Police dispatcher did not pass on all the available information.  More>>

21 September 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in shooting Michael Taylor at Paeroa on 10 June 2016. More >>

14 September 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a number of shortcomings and delays with a Police investigation gave the appearance that two off-duty Police officers had received favourable treatment. More >>

12 September 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was not justified in using a Taser on a prisoner on 26 January 2017, because the prisoner was not directly assaulting or threatening him or others at the time. However, Police were justified in using other force to restrain the prisoner.  More >>

7 September 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that there were shortcomings by Police when pursuing Alaric Eccleston in Auckland on 8 September 2016. While a first pursuit was started and abandoned according to police policy, the second pursuit should not have been commenced.  More >>

31 August 2017

Today the Independent Police Conduct Authority warmly welcomes the appointment of Judge Colin Doherty as the new Chair for a five year term.

Judge Doherty comes to the Authority from his position as the National Executive Judge of the District Court of New Zealand. He was appointed a District Court judge in 1997, following 20 years as a practising lawyer. Judge Doherty is also an Alternate Judge of the Environment Court and a Justice of the High Court of the Cook Islands.

Judge Doherty previously served as an Associate Judge of the High Court of New Zealand and a Justice of the Supreme Court of Samoa.

“I look forward to maintaining and enhancing the high standards of the dedicated team that carries out the important statutory functions of the Authority,” said Judge Colin Doherty.

29 August 2017

Today the Independent Police Conduct Authority fondly farewells Judge Sir David Carruthers.

Sir David was appointed Chair in 2012. During his five year term he has served the New Zealand public impartially and robustly. He has substantially enhanced the profile and reputation of the Authority.

Sir David has constantly looked for ways to improve the service that the Authority provides to complainants and the public. Just as importantly, he has emphasised the importance of ensuring that the Authority’s work is used to improve policing practice.

His warmth, integrity and good humour will be greatly missed by all those who have worked alongside him.

The Board and staff of the Authority wish him well in his retirement.

22 August 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found no significant misconduct or neglect of duty in the policing of Great Barrier Island.

25 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in shooting Ford Hurinui in Motueka on 20 August 2015. Mr Hurinui survived the shooting but received injuries to his heart and liver. More >>


20 July 2017

On Tuesday 20 June 2017, the IPCA received a complaint about the Police investigation into the actions of Todd Barclay MP. The complainant, Mr Graeme Axford, is not an affected party in the matter under investigation. More >>

20 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer who pursued a fleeing vehicle, which subsequently crashed, was justified in commencing the pursuit and the pursuit was generally conducted in accordance with policy. The front-seat passenger of the pursued car died as a result of the crash. More >>

18 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a sergeant’s use of a Taser on a young man was excessive and unjustified.  More >>

13 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in shooting Wattie Kahu twice in Whanganui on 24 March 2016. Mr Kahu survived the shooting but received injuries to his leg and head. More >>

6 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that a Police officer was justified in fatally shooting Shargin Stephens on Te Ngae Road in Rotorua, on 14 July 2016, after Mr Stephens threatened Police and members of the public with a long-handled slasher.  More>>

29 June 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that two Police officers who shot Shane Shortcliffe on 28 April 2015, while was he was under a house in Manurewa, Auckland, were justified in doing so.  More >>

21 June 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that members of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) were justified in shooting Nicholas Marshall in Hamilton on 12 July 2016.  More >>

15 June 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that members of the Hawkes Bay Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) were justified in shooting Chazz Hall in Clive, Hawkes Bay, on 26 October 2015. Earlier in the evening Mr Hall had shot and killed his former partner, Victoria Foster, at a Napier address.  More >>

31 May 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s third use of a Taser on a man in Christchurch was disproportionate and unjustified.  More >>

17 May 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer who pursued a fleeing driver along the Wellington waterfront put the public at unnecessary and unjustified risk.  More >>

11 May 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police should have responded with more urgency to two 111 calls made by a woman in Omapere, Northland on 26 October 2015.  More >>

4 May 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Napier Police staff involved in a 70 kilometre pursuit that commenced on 7 March 2016 generally complied with Police policy.  More >>

20 April 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that two Police officers were justified in shooting a man following a domestic incident in Kerepehi, Waikato, on 21 October 2014. The man survived the shooting but suffered several serious injuries as a result.  More>>

13 April 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a Christchurch man was disproportionate and unjustified.  More>>

9 March 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a sergeant’s use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Auckland man, while he was in a small cubicle at Counties Manukau Police station, was contrary to policy, excessive and unjustified.  More>>

23 February 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a probationary constable’s use of a Taser on an Auckland man as he ran away from Police was contrary to policy and unjustified.  More >>

9 February 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer’s investigation into a crash involving an off-duty officer fell short of the expected standard and was not sufficiently thorough and accurate. More >>

12 January 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police actions breached policy when a sergeant directed a probationary constable to Taser a Greymouth man.  More >>

 


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