Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Officer guilty of reckless conduct

NZ Police has accepted the IPCA’s findings into two incidents involving the same officer in the Bay of Plenty in 2018 and 2019.

In the first case, in September 2018, an allegation of excessive force was made against the officer following an incident where an intoxicated man was arrested in Tauranga CBD.

In the second case, in March 2019, another allegation of excessive force was made against the officer following the arrest of a 14-year-old male at a Tauranga internet cafe.

Police investigated complaints about both events, and charges were laid against the officer.

In the first case the officer pleaded guilty to injuring with reckless disregard, and received nine months’ supervision and was ordered to pay $1,000 reparation to the victim.

In the second case charges were withdrawn by the Crown.

Bay of Plenty District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor says Police expect a high standard of professionalism from staff and the officer involved in this instance had fallen short of that expectation. 

“Our staff come to work every day with the goal of keeping the community safe from harm. This officer’s actions did not align with that collective goal,” said Supt McGregor.

“On both of these occasions a thorough Police investigation was carried out and appropriate action taken when we found the officer’s use of force to be unjustifiable.”

The officer resigned from NZ Police in May 2021, before court proceedings concluded and before any employment-related action commenced, Police said in a statement today.

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