23 Oct 2010

NZ police officer in UK job despite IPCA findings

4:35 pm on 23 October 2010

A former police officer says he is staggered that a senior New Zealand officer who was highly criticised by the Independent Police Conduct Authority, now holds a liaison job in London.

Dave White lodged a complaint with the IPCA over the handling of a case involving his mother in law, Tokoroa JP Mii Teokotai.

In 2005, Ms Teokotai was charged with conspiracy to commit arson at a pre-school she had established and run.

But the charges were later dismissed because of lack of evidence and another woman was subsequently sentenced to prison for the matter.

Mr White initially lodged a complaint with Superintendent Gary Smith, who was then the Bay Of Plenty district commander.

But almost a year later, when nothing had happened, Mr White lodged a further complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The IPCA's report, which was never publicly issued, found Mr White's complaint was totally mismanaged by senior officers in the Bay of Plenty, including Superintendent Smith.

In July this year, Mr Smith was appointed as the police liaison officer in London.

New Zealand police were not available for comment on Saturday.