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Reports on independent investigations 2019

Read summaries and reports of our investigations here.

15 October 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer involved in a vehicle collision in Auckland on 19 December 2017 breached the Police's 'Fleeing driver' policy, and his driving was not necessary in the execution of his duty.


10 October 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer's use of a Taser on a young person who had stolen a small tractor and led Police in a pursuit, was an unreasonable and excessive use of force.

Public Report (PDF 370 KB) Media Statement

8 October 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police should not have pursued a Toyota stolen by five young people the previous day in an aggravated robbery.

Public Report (PDF 598 KB) Media Statement

3 October 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a male Police officer acted inappropriately towards two of his colleagues in separate incidents in August and October 2018.

1 October 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found it was reasonable and appropriate for an officer to arm himself with a pistol and conduct a 'high risk vehicle stop' in Hastings on 21 July 2018. The officer believed the vehicle matched the description of a car that had recently been stolen along with 10 firearms. However, after searching the car Police discovered it was not the stolen vehicle.

26 September 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police did not assault a young person following a pursuit in Palmerston North on 22 April 2018. However, the preceding pursuit should have been abandoned at an early stage.

24 September 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer in Te Araroa directed a man he suspected to be intoxicated to drive a short distance to a Police station, where the man failed an Evidential Breath Test. The Authority also determined that the officer did not accurately complete the breath-testing documentation.

Public Report (PDF 452 KB) Media Statement

17 September 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that officers responded in a timely and appropriate manner as soon as they were aware that a fleeing driver had hit a pedestrian.

Public Report (PDF 313 KB) Media Statement

12 September 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer was not justified in tasering a man for a second time during an arrest in Picton on 23 June 2018.

Public Report (PDF 360 KB) Media Statement


20 August 2019

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer. Police policy at the time did not adequately set out the procedure officers needed to follow when applying for a search warrant or executing a search in relation to potentially privileged material.

Public Report (PDF 581 KB) Media Statement

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