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Police Minister’s assurances needed over conflicts

Chester Borrows MP
National Party Police Spokesman

22 September 2008

Police Minister’s assurances needed over conflicts of interest

Police Minister Annette King must assure the public that police procedures on conflicts of interest and conduct of searches will be tightened, as recommended by the Independent Police Conduct Authority, says National’s Police spokesman, Chester Borrows.

“The report of the IPCA into the search of the home of Dunedin man Bruce Van Essen in 2006 is of concern.

“It shows that the police officers involved – including four inspectors – ‘did not properly manage an apparent conflict of interest’, and the search warrant they used ‘lacked any clear description of offences’ supposed to have been committed.

“These issues go to the very heart of everyday police operations so they must be put right.

“Annette King must ensure that the Police implement the IPCA’s recommendations to the letter.

“Failure to get this right would, as the IPCA itself alludes to, undermine public trust and confidence in police work. ‘

ENDS

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