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Mana Whanonga Pirihimana Motuhake

Conflict of interest and Inappropriate use of the Police database - Counties Manukau

9 February 2021

The Authority oversaw a Police investigation following a complaint that a constable made unauthorised checks on the Police National Intelligence Application (NIA) database. NIA is a confidential source of information to be used and accessed only to meet policing objectives. Police notified the Authority of the concerns and continued with its investigation. Police concluded that of the 25 instances under investigation, four were upheld.

The constable was found to have misused NIA on three occasions and intervened on behalf of a relative who had been involved in a vehicle collision, where a clear conflict of interest existed.

We agree with the Police outcome and sanction imposed on the constable.

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