Call for police report

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 10:53 16/12/2013
Gordon Stanley Meyer
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SENTENCED: Gordon Meyer

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Labour police spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern has urged police to make public "sooner rather than later" a report on the Christchurch station where a corrupt former policeman worked.

An inquiry into operations and leadership at the Christchurch South station ran alongside the criminal investigation into Gordon Stanley Meyer, 45, who will be sentenced on Thursday after admitting bribery and corruption and indecent assault.

At a parliamentary select committee meeting last week, Ardern asked Police Commissioner Peter Marshall when the station report would be issued, in order to dispel the "shadow" cast over Meyer's colleagues.

Police said the inquiry "highlighted some issues" at the station and remedial actions were taken, but the Police Association says its understanding was the inquiry found nothing amiss.

The Press has requested the report under the Official Information Act, but police have stalled saying the "consultations necessary" meant they could not properly respond until January 23.

"Obviously you'd be as aware as anyone else that sometimes one rotten apple in the corps can cast a shadow over an otherwise well- functioning workforce," Ardern said to Marshall.

"In that regard, then, when will you release the report into Meyer and also the police working alongside him who are currently operating under a shadow until that report is released, vindicating their actions in this situation?"

Meyer agreed to accept an offer of oral sex to stop investigating a 23-year-old woman for drink driving in September 2011. He also grabbed an 18-year-old woman's breasts and put her hand on his groin while giving her a ride in a patrol vehicle in April 2011.

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