NZ Police and Waikato University form research partnership

12 January 2017

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New Zealand Police and the University of Waikato are working together to establish a world-class research centre.

New Zealand Police and the University of Waikato are joining forces to establish a world-class research centre that will help better inform Police in their work to prevent crime and protect the public.

A Letter of Intent to form a partnership and establish a Centre for Evidence Based Policing has been signed by both parties.

New Zealand Police Deputy Chief Executive Strategy Mark Evans says he is pleased to announce the appointment of the University of Waikato as our primary partner in this venture. “Being able to work alongside academia will enable us to not only improve our research capability but also influence future policing decisions using evidence and insights gained from research.”

Commissioner of Police Mike Bush says: “The Centre for Evidence Based Policing and the work it produces will, I know, prove to be a valuable resource for our staff and help us improve trust and confidence with the public.  Evidence will help us understand what works, what counts and what matters."

University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says the University of Waikato is proud to be a partner in the Centre for Evidence Based Policing.  “The work of the Centre will complement the work the University of Waikato is already doing through its Institute of Crime Science and is the first initiative in what I hope will be a long and productive relationship between the University of Waikato and New Zealand Police.”

The University was selected by NZ Police as its primary research partner following an open tender process.  Staff from NZ Police, Waikato University and other strategic partners such as ESR will work together on police research projects at the centre in Central Wellington.  A research hub will also be established at the Royal New Zealand Police College.

The agreement between the parties will be for six years.  Initial research projects are likely to focus on key priorities for police including victims, Māori and road policing.

Evidence based policing ensures police strategy, operations and tactics are based on the best possible evidence (information, crime science and problem-solving methods) to guide and inform staff, providing better outcomes for the police, public and the Government.

Both NZ Police and the University of Waikato will benefit from this partnership – the police using the findings of research to help inform decision making that will enhance its work, and the University of Waikato by having access to the work of the Police that will allow it to apply cross-disciplinary research to achieve impact and benefit to New Zealand.