Waikato commander investigated for interfering in arrest of daughter

Supt Bruce Bird.
Supt Bruce Bird. Photo credit: NZ Police / file

One of Waikato's most senior police staff was investigated after allegations he interfered with his daughter's arrest.

Area commander Superintendent Bruce Bird said he made an "error of judgement" when he spoke to another staff member over the phone regarding a member of his family, a police spokesperson told Newshub.

According to the Herald, he had called a senior officer to try and stop his daughter from being arrested.

The police spokesperson wasn't able to confirm the relationship between the two when contacted by Newshub.

The spokesperson said there was an internal investigation and it was "resolved through an employment process".

"Mr Bird accepts that he made an error of judgement in relation to the telephone conversation, and has apologised to the individual involved," the spokesperson said.

According to the Herald, the other officer involved abruptly quit shortly after the incident.

The police spokesperson said Mr Bird remains in his role and they're "not aware of anyone who left police" due to the incident.

The matter is currently being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.