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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

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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