Senior cop resigns amid bullying and inappropriate relationship investigation

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A high-ranking police officer ended his 28-year career before an employment investigation found he was involved in inappropriate sex with staff under his command.

Marty Parker, a former Wellington Police Central Communications Center inspector, resigned earlier this year as an investigation involving the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) was underway.

It involved allegations of inappropriate sexual relations with members of staff under his command, intimidation and harassment of employees, and whether he had failed to respond to allegations of bullying raised by an employee.

The IPCA report concluded that the allegations against the anonymous officer – believed to be Parker – would have been confirmed.

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A police spokesperson confirmed that Parker was no longer employed by the police. It is understood that he was on paid leave during the investigation.

Parker, who declined to comment when approached by Thing, has now accepted a real estate agent job with Professionals Redcoats. The director of the company did not respond to the request for comment.

According to the Real Estate Authority’s register, Parker has been licensed since May 24, 2021.

Parker's real estate profile shows that he worked for the police for 28 years.  (File photo)

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Parker’s real estate profile shows that he worked for the police for 28 years. (File photo)

Information about him on the company’s website indicates that he previously served in the New Zealand Army and Air Force and had recently ended a 28-year career in the police.

“Marty’s focus throughout his career has been to provide support and service to the community, that’s what he’s brought to real estate by working with you,” the website says. “Now he wants to transfer his skills to help you sell your home by making the process as smooth and hassle free as possible. “

Parker’s career included work in South Auckland and as a senior sergeant in Johnsonville, before moving to a post at Wellington Central Station in 2009.

He held the position of Principal Inspector for at least 10 years.

Police declined to comment on the case, citing employment confidentiality.

In a previous response to an IPCA report on the matter, a police spokesperson said the organization is committed to ensuring “a safe environment and culture for all of our staff.”

“We take any allegation of worrying or inappropriate behavior very seriously. “

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A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority detailed cases of female employees being treated as “sluts”, physical intimidation, and officers refusing to answer back-up calls when staff felt unsafe on the job. ground.

Police Code of Conduct policy states that staff should not engage in sexual or intimate relationships with a person they meet in a professional capacity if there is an imbalance of power. Sexual misconduct and bullying or harassment are considered “serious misconduct” in policy.

Depending on the police conflict of interest policy, power imbalances may exist in the personal relationships between police employees, especially if they are an employee with a decision-making role in relation to the police. another police employee.

“This will likely include any relationship between police employees where there is a reporting relationship, or between recruits and instructors. Such relationships must be reported so that action can be taken to manage the resulting conflict of interest, ”the policy says.

Parker is understood to be involved in relationships with personnel under his command, but these have not been disclosed.

Shannon Parker, founder of the New Zealand Police Conduct Association, said the public often expected a higher level of transparency and accountability for police and their behavior.

“While we would all like to know more about these cases, it is a credit to the IPCA that they publicly summarize the cases where the employee resigned prior to the conclusion so that the public would at least know that the case has been taken seriously, ”she said.

Labor law expert Max Whitehead said people at the center of employment investigations sometimes quit to avoid having to disclose their dismissal.

“Because they can get their hands on their hearts (and say) ‘no, I haven’t been fired,'” Whitehead said.

“Is there justice in these processes? Sometimes not.

Max Whitehead, Managing Director of Whitehead Group Employment Solutions.

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Max Whitehead, Managing Director of Whitehead Group Employment Solutions.

The police website says that after being notified of a significant complaint or incident, the case is closed by the IPCA and ranked based on the importance or seriousness of the allegation.

Employee investigations can result in actions such as retraining, performance management, warning, or termination.

“In some cases, the employee will voluntarily resign or retire during the investigation,” the website says.

Following a review of police culture and intimidation, a new reporting system was launched this year for staff called the Kia TÅ«, to replace a previous process called Speak Up.

A report released in March by the IPCA said police recognized that its complaint and grievance response processes were ineffective, uncoordinated and lacked credibility.

In 2019, 51 complaints were filed through the Speak Up process and 43 in 2020.

In the first five months of the Kia Tū launch in February, 33 issues were raised through the system, in which 53 “unacceptable behaviors” were identified, including 15 bullying and 12 inappropriate behavior.


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