NZ police accept IPCA findings over Bay of Plenty arrest

Police accept the findings of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) in relation to an arrest by a Rotorua dog handler in April 2021.

The IPCA has found that Police were justified in using a Police dog to arrest a man between Rotorua and Tāupo on 24 April 2021.

“After being told he was under arrest by the Police dog handler, the man involved in this incident became assaultive and resisted arrest, leading to a prolonged struggle,” says Inspector Phil Taikato, Rotorua Area Commander.

“The incident took place in a remote location, where back-up for the dog handler was some distance away.”

“The use of a Police dog to affect the arrest of the man was entirely appropriate and justified in the circumstances.” says Inspector Taikato.

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