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Response to conviction of former police officer

Response to conviction of former police officer on theft charge

Canterbury Police District Commander Superintendent Gary Knowles says the conviction today of former Christchurch police officer Trevor Hinkley on a theft charge affirms the seriousness with which Police view this type of offending.

Suppression orders around the officer's identity have today been lifted by the Court.

"It is always disappointing to have to bring charges against any police officer," Superintendent Knowles says.

"We take allegations of dishonest behaviour by our staff extremely seriously - and we do not tolerate corruption in any form.

"It is particularly distressing when an officer betrays the trust of the community, as their dishonest actions are a slur on all police, who serve our citizens with integrity and honesty.

"It is important that we hold our officers to the highest standards of accountability at all times. Cases such as this confirm that such behaviour will be brought to light and appropriate action taken.

"I am satisfied that Police acted promptly once this offending was brought to our attention, and a thorough and complex investigation phase was undertaken which resulted in multiple charges being brought before the court."

Superintendent Knowles confirmed that Hinkley had left Police employment in December 2012. An internal investigation had been commenced but was not completed as the officer resigned.

"We are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of the community. If members of the public have concerns over any interactions with any officer, we ask them to contact police. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."


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