I’m very disappointed that we let down the young women at the centre of these allegations. New Zealand Police is focused on putting victims at the heart of what we do and taking a preventive approach to offending and in this case, we did not perform to the level required and expected in both these areas. Waitematā District Commander Superintendent Bill Searle is apologising publicly to the young women and their families for the deficiencies that occurred in his district. Police have worked hard over the past few years to improve the standard of investigation and prosecution of child abuse and adult sexual assault cases and I note the Authority found no evidence of ongoing and widespread poor practice nationally. I can assure the public that the failings of a few staff at a point in time do not represent national practice. I can reassure victims that they can bring complaints to us and we will investigate them properly and fairly.
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