Officer offers colleague $20 for sex act
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a male police officer acted inappropriately towards two of his colleagues in separate incidents in August and October 2018.
In October 2018, following a quiz night at a Bay of Plenty Police station, Officer A approached a female staff member as she was getting ready to leave.
He offered her "$20 for a BJ".
She was upset by the comment and complained to a senior officer. Police advised the IPCA of the complaint.
“While investigating this issue, the Authority became aware that in August 2018, Officer A used a newly-recruited female police officer's computer to send himself an email, purportedly from her, asking if they had become "best friends",” the IPCA says in a statement released today.
“He then replied to this email from his own computer and email account. When the female Police officer saw the two emails, she attempted to end the exchange in a friendly way.
“A few days later, Officer A implied he used illegal drugs in texts to the female Police officer. She was concerned about the apparent drug use by a Police officer, so spoke with a superior about the text messages.”
Police conducted employment investigations into each of these incidents and sanctioned Officer A.
Their investigations also found that Officer A did not use illegal drugs, but he had implied he did in an attempt to impress the female Police officer, says the Authority.
The Authority found that Officer A behaved inappropriately towards both of his colleagues. His actions were inconsistent with Police policy on discrimination and harassment, Police Values, and the Police Code of Conduct.
“Quite simply, Officer A should never have placed his colleagues in a position where they felt uncomfortable, embarrassed and demeaned,” says Authority Chair Judge Colin Doherty.
“His behaviour was completely inappropriate, and it is no mitigation that his comments and actions were intended to be funny or to impress.
“Officer A fell short of the behaviour and values expected of a New Zealand Police employee by a considerable margin."
Police accept the findings of the IPCA report into complaints of inappropriate behaviour by a Bay of Plenty officer in 2018.
For privacy reasons Police cannot give further details on employment matters.
Bay of Plenty District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor says the behaviour displayed by the officer is totally unacceptable.
“This type of behaviour towards colleagues falls far below the standard expected of a NZ police officer.
“It’s not in line with our values and what is laid out clearly in our Police Code of Conduct.
“I commend the women involved for coming forward and speaking up, so we could investigate and act accordingly.”