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Police Commissioner Should Stand Down

ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Ken Shirley is again calling on Police Minister George Hawkins to approach the Governor General to have Police Commissioner Peter Doone stand down.

"Given the nature of the inquiry into his actions it is totally inappropriate for this man to continue to serve as Police Commissioner until such time that he is vindicated. If the inquiry cannot vindicate Peter Doone then he must resign without any taxpayer funded 'golden parachute'.

"The Commissioner's stated belief that no road safety issues were involved with the traffic incident at 11.00pm on Saturday 27 November, is hardly plausible given the fact that the car driven by his partner, Robyn Johnstone, was proceeding without headlights.

"If the Commissioner dissuaded the young and inexperienced constable from performing the breath test, which would be standard practice given the circumstances, then he must resign if the integrity of policing is to be maintained in this country," said Hon Ken Shirley.

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