A decade since an inquiry found some officers had behaved disgracefully when handling complaints of sexual assault, police say they have revolutionised their culture.
The 2007 Commission of Inquiry into police conduct, led by Dame Margaret Bazley, reviewed 313 complaints of sexual assault against 222 police officers between 1979 and 2005.
It found that while police misconduct was relatively rare, there had been instances of police officers behaving disgracefully by exploiting vulnerable people and protecting alleged perpetrators.
On Monday, New Zealand Police released a fresh report, called “A decade of change”, in which it said it had revolutionised its culture in the 10 years since the inquiry’s release.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush says victims of rape or sexual assault can now expect police to deal professionally and urgently with their complaints.
“I’m pleased to report we have changed significantly, having implemented all 47 police-specific COI recommendations,” he said.