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Where is the report into police conduct?

Simon Power
National Party Law & Order Spokesman

21 September 2006

Where is the report into police conduct?

National's Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says he is eagerly awaiting the report of the Commission of Inquiry into police conduct, which has been ongoing for more than 2 ½ years.

"When Helen Clark announced the inquiry in February 2004 she said it would report back in November that year, but we are still waiting.

"The report date has been extended four times, the latest being to September 30 this year.

"I just hope there is no further delay.

"The inquiry was set up to look into police conduct and procedure when receiving and investigating allegations of sexual assault made against officers, so its conclusion is critical to restoring public confidence in the police.

"Another delay will further undermine that confidence."

Mr Power says he will also be interested in the final cost of the inquiry, which was originally estimated at $2.68 million.

"In May, Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker told me that it had cost $2.82 million up to 31 December last year, a blowout of $142,000.

"At the monthly rate of $134,000 a month, the final bill will be about $4 million if the inquiry does finish this month."

ENDS


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