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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

Whaia te pono, kia puawai ko te tika

Seek the truth, that justice may prevail

Reports on places of Police detention

Read here about our responsibility under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 to monitor and report on places of Police detention.

Thematic reports

From time to time we conduct research across a particular theme relating to conditions and treatment of people in Police custody.

Read our 2012 report Deaths in Custody - Lessons from a ten year review (PDF 1.9 MB)

Read our 2015 Review of Police Custodial Management (PDF 932 KB)

Promoting awareness of OPCAT is an important part of our work

The provision of public information and education measures is an essential part of the OPCAT framework.

We have issued a number of media statements about our activities, information detailing our role in monitoring places of Police detention and made occasional updates.

Annual reporting on places of Police detention

The Human Rights Commission publish annual reports on places of detention. These include our report on conditions of detention in Police custody.

Read the Human Rights Commission Annual OPCAT reports

Our annual reports have specific chapters devoted to our OPCAT work.

Read our latest annual report (PDF 1.1 MB)

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