Wynyard and New Zealand Police Announce Ground-breaking Partnership to Help Prevent Crime
New Zealand Police Join Wynyard’s Crime Science Research Institute
Auckland, 28 August 2014 - Wynyard Group, a market leader in advanced crime analytics software and services, today
welcomed the New Zealand Police as a long term partner in its Crime Science Research Institute (CSRI).
The partnership further supports the New Zealand Police’s continuous improvement programme which uses crime research and
problem orientated policing to better understand the criminal environment and to prevent crime and protect the public
The New Zealand Police will join the prestigious University College of London (UCL) Jill Dando Institute of Security and
Crime Science, University of Canterbury and a Wynyard research team to design world-leading products and services that
will help modernise crime prevention and policing in New Zealand and other countries. More academic, crime prevention
and technology partners are expected to join in the future.
In welcoming this announcement Police Commissioner, Mike Bush, said the CSRI aims to bring together crime science
research, operational know-how and advanced technology with one single-minded objective; preventing crime.
“New Zealand Police's prevention strategies deliver better, more cost effective front-line services through the
effective use of new technology. Our participation in this innovative new research and development centre is another
signal of our intention to be the world's most effective mobile and visible police service with high levels of public
trust and confidence. Crime science research, combined with our major investment in mobile technology, will be a useful
addition to our national Prevention First operating strategy.”
The research and development conducted in the CSRI will initially focus on operationalising local and international
crime science research, with a focus on crime prediction and forecasting to better manage the wider criminal
environment. Persons of interest models underpinned by new technology when combined with crime prediction and
forecasting creates a powerful crime prevention tool which can be used to monitor potential offenders and protect
The Deputy Chief Executive: Strategy for New Zealand Police, Mark Evans, said: “We know that crime tends to be
concentrated in particular locations, and also that 6% of the population suffer 54% of all crime. The identification of
these crime patterns means that Police can ensure we have more of the right staff, in the right places at the right
Wynyard invests more than $15 million in research and development each year and is investigating plans to relocate its
CSRI to a new, state-of-the-art facility in Christchurch to be close to the city’s new Justice Precinct and New Zealand
Police operations. The facility will become home to the 24 staff Wynyard has assigned to the CSRI, new PhD students the
company will engage through the Callaghan Innovation R Student Grants Scheme and Wynyard’s 60 engineers and developers.
Craig Richardson, Wynyard Managing Director said: “This partnership ticks a lot of boxes. It is focused on solving real
crime problems and delivering real outcomes and safer communities. It creates high value jobs that will be highly sought
after by the best science and engineering students in the world. It brings together the power of universities, forward
thinking government agencies and technology companies to develop highly valuable solutions for use in New Zealand and
export to other countries. It also sends a strong message that our industry and government believe in Christchurch as an
R centre for advanced technology.”
Wynyard has developed game-changing products used by police services and governments around the world and the company
sees opportunities to further extend technology and operational models developed together with the New Zealand Police
for consumption in global markets.
“This is not some No.8 wire initiative. There is real opportunity here. We have access to some of the best research,
crime prevention expertise and advanced technology in the world. I’ve been told by both U.S. and British experts there
is nowhere else in the world this could be done,” said Richardson.