3 Aug 2011

Police commander quits post after staff survey

5:02 pm on 3 August 2011

An Auckland police commander has stood down after the results of a staff survey which measures morale.

Inspector Gary Davey has been the Waitakere Area Commander for two years but stepped aside this week.

Mr Davey oversaw the high-profile investigation into the death in 2009 of toddler Aisling Symes, whose body was found in a drain after a week-long search.

He is standing down because of the results of the Engagement Survey which measures, among other things, staff motivation and satisfaction.

Mr Davey, who has a law degree, will not comment on the details of the survey, but says he has been treated fairly by the organisation.

Waitemata District Commander Superintendent Bill Searle says police have agreed to Mr Davey's move to the legal team.

He says Mr Davey has achieved some excellent results in his two years in the job and has enjoyed the confidence of the Waitakere community.