Policing Act 2008

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  • This version was replaced on 13 January 2017 to make corrections to section 130(1) and (3) and Schedules 4 and 5 under section 25(1)(e) and (j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.
49 Use of term Police or New Zealand Police in operating name


A person commits an offence who, without reasonable excuse, carries on an activity under an operating name that includes the word “Police” or the words “New Zealand Police”, in a manner likely to lead a person to believe that the activity is endorsed or authorised by the Police or any part of the Police.


A person who commits an offence against this section is liable on conviction,—


in the case of an individual, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to a fine not exceeding $5,000:


in the case of a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding $20,000.

Section 49(2): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).