Probe into of­fi­cer’s be­hav­iour

Herald on Sunday - - IN OTHER NEWS - Anna Leask

An Auck­land po­lice of­fi­cer un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions from mul­ti­ple women of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour and un­wanted at­ten­tion will not face crim­i­nal charges.

But he has been sus­pended for months as po­lice bosses carry out an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions.

In July, the Her­ald re­ported that the of­fi­cer based in the Waitem­ata¯ Po­lice Dis­trict was handed a sus­pen­sion no­tice af­ter nu­mer­ous ac­cu­sa­tions were lev­elled at him.

Po­lice ini­tially started in­ves­ti­gat­ing the of­fi­cer af­ter his ex-girl­friend com­plained he had been ha­rass­ing her us­ing a cell­phone.

Sub­se­quently, al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour with other women he made con­tact with while on duty came to light.The of­fi­cer was put on re­stricted du­ties when the first al­le­ga­tion was made.

He re­mains stood ac­tive duty.

Waitem­ata¯ Dis­trict Com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Tusha Penny con­firmed this week that the of­fi­cer would not face crim­i­nal charges.

“Since re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint in late 2017, po­lice have un­der­taken an in­ter­nal em­ploy­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion, as well as a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine whether there is any crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity,” she said.

“The em­ploy­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains on­go­ing and we are un­able to com­ment fur­ther about this due to pri­vacy obli­ga­tions.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine whether there is any crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity has been com­pleted, and af­ter seek­ing an in­de­pen­dent le­gal opin­ion, no charges are pend­ing as a re­sult of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The Her­ald on Sun­day­has cho­sen not to name the of­fi­cer to pro­tect his ex-girl­friend’s pri­vacy. down from

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