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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 independent investigations

Read summaries and reports of our investigations here.

11 December 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects.


4 December 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has completed its investigation into an incident on 6 December 2017, when Police custody staff left a woman alone and unattended in a cell at New Plymouth District Court for almost six hours.



29 November 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in using a Taser and two Police dogs to subdue a man before arresting him in Kawhia on 13 July 2017. However, the Authority also found that additional discharges of the Taser were not justified and were excessive.


27 November 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has completed its investigation into two self-harm incidents, involving the same female prisoner, at the Counties Manukau Police District Custody Unit (DCU) in October and November 2017. The Authority found that Police failed to appropriately receive, evaluate, and monitor the woman while she was in Police custody.




22 November 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer used excessive force while arresting a man in Auckland on 5 February 2017, by inappropriately 're-energising' a Taser on him after he had fallen to the ground.

19 November 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances.


8 November 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer's actions during a pursuit in Auckland on 23 October 2017 constituted dangerous driving. The officer drove at speeds reaching 200kph in an 80kph area during the pursuit. Ultimately the fleeing vehicle left the road at high speed and struck a tree.

Public Report (PDF 453 KB) Media Statement

6 November 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two officers were justified in discharging firearms at a man who fired a semi-automatic rifle at them in Morrinsville on 13 August 2017.

1 November 2018

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the deployment of a Police dog to apprehend a female passenger was an excessive use of force. The female received substantial injuries to her right arm and was hospitalised for three days.

4 October 2018

The Authority found that a Police officer drove carelessly when she made a u-turn colliding with a motorcyclist and causing him serious injury.

Public Report (PDF 395 KB)

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