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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police acknowledge a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) in relation to the use of a Police dog following a pursuit in Hamilton.

New Zealand Police conducted a full review into this incident, including a review of both the use of a police dog and the pursuit.

“Police have a range of tactical options available to them, including the use of dogs. In this instance, staff were arresting an offender who had been involved in unlawfully taking a vehicle, fleeing from Police and reckless driving,” says Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird.

“These are fast-moving and dynamic situations that require an ongoing risk assessment by the officers involved. In this case Police accept that the IPCA has found the use of a police dog was not appropriate in the circumstances.”

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