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Inquiry into Police Conduct begins
The Commission of Inquiry into Police conduct has begun its work, by seeking expressions of interest from people wanting to make submissions, give information or be formally joined as parties in the Inquiry.
The Government set up the Commission to inquire into police conduct and procedure when receiving and investigating allegations of sexual assault made against members of the Police or their Associates. The Commission will also inquire into police standards and codes in relation to police personal behaviour, including sexual conduct.
Particular allegations which gave rise to the Commission of Inquiry include investigations into alleged sexual assaults by members of the Police in Rotorua in 1983 and 1986 and alleged sexual abuse by Police officers in Kaitaia in 1988.
The Commissioners are Justice Bruce Robertson and Dame Margaret Bazley.
More information on the Commission, including the terms of reference, can be found at www.cipc.govt.nz
Public notices calling for interested people to contact the Commission are being placed in newspapers from this weekend. The Commission expects to hold its first public meeting on 22 March. The meeting will be in Wellington. The venue has not yet been set.
Media Contact: Colin Feslier 0274 575 676
Media enquiries about the establishment of the Commission should be directed to: Colin Feslier 0274 575 676
Last updated: 13/05/2005