University and police partnership
The University of Waikato and New Zealand Police are joining forces to establish a world- class research centre — Centre for Evidence- Based Policing— that will help better inform police in their work to prevent crime.
Police will work alongside academia to enable them to improve their research capability and influence future policing decisions using evidence and insights gained from research.
Staff from NZ Police, Waikato University and strategic partners such as ESR will work together on research projects at the centre in Wellington, which will be opened in the next six months.
A research hub will also be established at the Royal New Zealand Police College. 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.