4 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

authorised officer means a Police employee authorised under section 24

Commissioner means the Commissioner of Police holding office under section 12

confidential Police document means any Police report, notice, circular, or other document in any form that—

(a)

contains information the disclosure of which would be likely to prejudice the maintenance of law, including the prevention, detection, and investigation of offences; and

(b)

is produced by any Police employee

constable means a Police employee who—

(a)

holds the office of constable (whether appointed as a constable under the Police Act 1958 or this Act); and

(b)

includes a constable who holds any level of position within the New Zealand Police

court process means a summons, warrant, order, direction, or other process of a Court or judicial officer, or of a Registrar or Deputy Registrar of a Court

criminal court process means a court process issued through a Registrar of the High Court, or a Registrar of the District Court in its criminal jurisdiction

Deputy Commissioner means a Deputy Commissioner of Police holding office under section 13

general instructions means general instructions issued by the Commissioner under section 28

health practitioner means a person who is or is deemed to be registered with an authority as a practitioner of a particular health profession under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

Judge means a Judge of any court

judicial officer means a Judge, Justice of the Peace, or Community Magistrate

medical practitioner means a health practitioner who is or is deemed to be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of medicine

Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of a warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is responsible for the administration of this Act

Police means the instrument of the Crown continued in existence by section 7(1)

Police article means any crest, badge, emblem, design, logogram, or other distinguishing article used, worn, or carried by any Police employee while on duty and described in regulations made under this Act

Police dog means a dog that is—

(a)

undergoing or has successfully completed a course of instruction at the Police Dog Training Centre; and

(b)

being used for police duties

Police dog handler means a Police employee who is undergoing or has successfully completed a course of instruction at the Police Dog Training Centre that qualifies the employee to perform duties as a Police dog handler

Police employee means a person employed under section 18 and, except in Part 4, includes a person seconded to the Police

Police property

(a)

means property used by, or in the possession or under the control of, the Police (whether belonging to the Crown or not); and

(b)

includes a confidential Police document or copy of that document

Police uniform means distinctive clothing or equipment that—

(a)

is issued by the Commissioner to be worn by Police employees while on duty; and

(b)

has a colour scheme, pattern, or style that enables the person wearing it to be readily identifiable as a Police employee

policing

(a)

means the performance by the Police of any of its functions; and

(b)

includes the exercise by Police employees of powers that they have because they are constables or authorised officers (whether the powers are statutory or given by the common law)

State services superannuation scheme means any superannuation scheme to which Police employees may belong or are required to belong, being a superannuation scheme—

(a)

established under section 84A(a) of the State Sector Act 1988 by the Commissioner; or

(b)

arranged under section 84A(b) or (c) of the State Sector Act 1988 by the Commissioner

supervisor means, in relation to a Police employee,—

(a)

a Police employee who holds a supervisory position in relation to that Police employee; and

(b)

includes a Police employee who is nominated by a supervisor to be acting supervisor of that employee.

Section 4 criminal court process: amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).