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Reports on independent investigations 2018

Read summaries and reports of our investigations here.

1 November 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the deployment of a Police dog to apprehend a female passenger was an excessive use of force. The female received substantial injuries to her right arm and was hospitalised for three days.

4 October 2018

The Authority found that a Police officer drove carelessly when she made a u-turn colliding with a motorcyclist and causing him serious injury.

Public Report (PDF 395 KB)

16 August 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer had legal justification to fire his rifle at a man during an incident in Nelson on 7 July 2017.

2 August 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in pursuing a stolen car in Otara on 9 October 2017. The pursuit ended when the fleeing car crashed into a tree. The driver, Morocco Tai (aged 15), died at the scene and two passengers (both aged 16) were seriously injured and required extensive stays in hospital.



24 July 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two Police officers acted appropriately when firing at Quinn Patterson at a property near Whangārei on 26 July 2017. Mr Patterson had earlier shot three civilians, and was firing at Police.

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)


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