Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Police accept IPCA report findings

Police accept the findings of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) report regarding a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014.

While the IPCA agreed with Police that there was insufficient evidence available to Police to charge the teacher with a criminal offence, the Authority also found the investigation to be deficient in several respects.

Eastern District Commander Superintendent Tania Kura acknowledges that there were several things Police did not get right during the investigation.

“The IPCA notes in its report that it is satisfied Officer B gave the investigation the appropriate priority, saying that he was at all times highly motivated to act in the best interests of Reiha McLelland and her family, and was committed to obtaining the best outcome he could,” says Superintendent Kura.

“However, it is very clear that there were a number of issues with how the investigation was carried out, including a lack of supervision, inadequate assessment and recording of evidence, and inappropriate management of a conflict of interest."

“Eastern District Police have conducted an internal review of the investigation and our findings were broadly in line with the IPCA’s findings released today.”

“We have to be better than this.”

“In particular, it is crucial that all officers – no matter what rank they are – are able to identify a potential conflict of interest and know how to appropriately manage it.”

“It is also vital that appropriate supervision is in place for all investigating officers.”

The IPCA also notes that while it had identified some issues with the investigation, they were satisfied that the outcome was not pre-determined and Officer B was sincere in his investigation into whether or not the teacher had committed a criminal offence.

“I do want to acknowledge these comments by the IPCA, and also comments made in the Coroner’s findings, which noted that it was to Officer B’s credit that he had run a comprehensive investigation, given that he had not been provided with instructions regarding an alternate supervisor,” says Superintendent Kura.

“Notwithstanding the issues identified by the IPCA - and by our own internal investigation into this matter - I am satisfied, as is the IPCA, that the ultimate outcome of this case was the correct one: there was insufficient evidence to charge Samuel Back with a criminal offence.”

“While I cannot speak for Reiha’s family, I do want to acknowledge how extremely difficult the release of this report and the subsequent publicity must be for them.”

“It has been four years since Reiha’s tragic death and I’m sure the pain of her family and friends has not diminished in that time.”

“Reiha’s death weighs heavily on all those involved in this case.
I hope to meet with Reiha’s family in the coming days to discuss the IPCA’s findings, but for now I simply want to extend my sincere personal sympathy to her family and loved ones.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>

 

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>

ALSO:

National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>

ALSO:


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels