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Reports on independent investigations 2021

Read summaries and reports of our investigations here.

16 December 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that, on 31 May 2019, Hāwera Police officers failed to seek medical attention for Mr Ball, who died in a Police cell after being placed there while unresponsive. Mr Ball’s cause of death was found to be extremely high levels of codeine and tramadol, and alcohol toxicity. An expert in forensic toxicology says that if medical attention had been given sooner, it is very likely Mr Ball would not have died. 

Public Report (PDF 880 KB) Media Statement 

9 December 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in using a Police dog to arrest two youths in Gisborne on 10 February 2021.

Public Report (PDF 442 KB) Media Statement 

 

7 December 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in using force to defend himself when he was accosted as he arrested a man in central North Island.


 

30 November 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the arrest of a man for disorderly behaviour in Palmerston was not justified, and the man should not have been given a formal warning. The Authority also found that the way in which the officers dealt with the incident was unprofessional.

Public Report (PDF 419 KB) Media Statement


 

18 November 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in searching and charging a woman who had been arrested and taken into custody in Whanganui on 1 September 2020.

Public Report (PDF 460 KB) Media Statement 

 

10 November 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the use of force on a youth (Mr Y) who had hidden in a ceiling cavity was unjustified as Police had no lawful authority to enter the Palmerston North property on 8 November 2020.

Public Report (PDF 440 KB) Media Statement 

4 November 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has today released its review of policing in small communities, which makes 41 recommendations to Police.

Public Report (PDF 1.38 KB) Media Statement


2 November 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in his use of force to detain a young woman who had absconded from hospital.


28 September 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer used excessive force when he struck a man four times while trying to remove him from a patrol car in Waihi on 28 December 2019.

Public Report (PDF 490 KB) Media Statement

21 September 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in the use of a Police dog to arrest a man who tried to run from officers in Dunedin.

Public Report (PDF 341 KB) Media Statement


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