12 Aug 2015

Police defamation claims dropped

7:41 pm on 12 August 2015

Defamation claims against Tasman's District Commander Karyn Malthus have been dropped, the police says.

Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus at a Roastbusters press conference.

Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker-Wilson

Inspector John Canning and two senior sergeants claimed Ms Malthus made defamatory comments about them to the media.

Ms Malthus strongly denied the claims.

A police spokesperson said the police contacted the lawyer for the three officers last week and told him the claims were misconceived.

The defamation claim had since been dropped.