Software vendor, Wynyard Group, has taken the next step in its mission to modernise policing by partnering with New Zealand Police in its Crime Science Research Institute (CSRI) program.
The CSRI is a project run by a dedicated team of Wynyard researchers. It aims to unite crime science research, operational know-how, and advanced technology to build products and services.
Police Commissioner, Mike Bush, said the Police’s participation in the initiative fits into its 'Prevention First' operating strategy. This centres on the goal of providing the most effective visible, mobile police services, and building high levels of public trust and confidence.
New Zealand Police strategy deputy chief executive, Mark Evans, believes that the technology will be a big boost.
“Crime tends to be concentrated in particular locations," he said.
"Six per cent of the population suffers 54 per cent 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 times.”
The New Zealand Police is the third member of the CSRI, joining the University College of London (UCL), the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science and the University of Canterbury.
“This partnership ticks a lot of boxes,” Wynyard managing director, Craig Richardson, said.
“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 NZ and export to other countries.”
Wynyard intends to add further academic, crime prevention, and technology partners to the CSRI, but has not revealed any additional details.
The CSRI is part of Wynyard’s $15 million annual investment in research and development (R&D).
It is currently planning to relocate to a new facility in Christchurch for closer proximity to the city’s new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct. The new site will house 24 staff, 60 engineers and developers, and PhD students who will be engaged through the Callaghan Innovation R&D Student Grants Scheme.