Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Licence needed for work use Learn More

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


IPCA Finds Justified Use Of Police Dog To Apprehend Young Person In Te Awamutu


Police acknowledge the findings by the Independent Police Conduct Authority which found that Police were justified in using a dog to apprehend a young person during an incident in Te Awamutu.

At around 1:30am on 4 January 2023, Police were responding to an alarm activation at a pharmacy in Te Awamutu. Police officers arrived and saw a vehicle driving with its lights off, quickly leaving the carpark which led them to suspect they had potentially broken into the pharmacy.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle which failed to stop however the officers decided not to pursue due to the manner of driving.

Police located the vehicle a few minutes later with sparks coming from one of the rear tyres. The vehicle came to a stop and two occupants fled from the scene.

A police dog handler used his Police dog to track the two occupants running away from him. He warned them that he would release his dog if they did not stop. They continued to run away so the dog was released and bit one of the occupants, aged 12, on the leg.

He was taken to hospital and admitted for treatment.

Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird says the IPCA found the officers had reasonable cause to suspect the occupants of the car had been engaging in serious offending and it was appropriate for the dog handler to release the dog to prevent them escaping:

“The staff involved acted quickly and professionally to a call for service and to apprehend the occupants of the vehicle. They were working with information available to them at the time and showed sound decision making during this incident with the safety of our community at the forefront of their minds.“

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National Spreading Panic About The Economy

The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More

Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.