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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

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Why Police oversight matters

Read about why independent oversight matters even in a country like New Zealand where the Police are committed to high standards of conduct.

Effective, efficient Policing services are the cornerstone of a free and democratic society. Independent oversight provides assurance for both the public and Police that allegations of misconduct or neglect of duty are properly dealt with.

Independent oversight:

  • protects citizens against abuse of those powers, including excessive force
  • exposes misconduct
  • improves Police practice and policy
  • provides public accountability
  • encourages discipline within the Police
  • protects against corruption
  • protects against politicisation of the Police
  • enhances public trust and confidence in the justice system and
  • contributes towards the justice sector outcomes of a safe and just society.
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