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About us

Established in December 2017, the Evidence-Based Policing Centre is a joint partnership between New Zealand Police, the University of Waikato, ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research), and New Zealand Police’s strategic partner, Vodafone New Zealand.

We use practitioner-based research, information, crime-science, theory, and problem-solving methods to inform practice, implement measures to prevent crime and improve the allocation of police resources to better protect the public.

Police bring with them considerable practical knowledge and collect vast amounts of data – from burglary events and car crashes to incidents of domestic violence – this is shared with expert researcher collaborators to build a deeper understanding of crime.

The work we produce provides police with a better understanding of what works, what doesn’t and what guides officers on the frontline.  It will lead to better, smarter and faster ways of working, and contribute toward meeting Police’s targets of:

  • a 5 percent reduction in road deaths each and every year
  • 10,000 fewer serious crime victimisations by 2021
  • a 25 percent reduction in reoffending by Māori by 2025
  • a 90 percent high or very high trust and confidence and citizen satisfaction rating of Police by 2021
  • $500 million cash and assets seized from gangs and criminals by 2021

Find out more about evidence-based policing

Our partners


New Zealand Police

University of Waikato


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ESR is dedicated to delivering science that keeps our communities safe, healthy and prosperous, and has been the sole provider of forensic services to the New Zealand Police for 25 years.  With specialists in all aspects of forensic science, ESR provides a complete crime-scene to court-room service, as well as scientific expertise across health, environment, social systems and data analytics capabilities.

Through the partnership, ESR is providing casework experience and research expertise to support the development and implementation of innovative policing and forensic science methods that support crime prevention and reliable justice outcomes.

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The EBPC is staffed by the Police National Evidence-Based Policing team. Their work, in collaboration with the University of Waikato and ESR, will lead to better, smarter, and faster ways of working for frontline police helping Police strive towards its mission of New Zealand being the safest country.

Evidence-based policing presents an opportunity for Police to embed a foundation of evidence-based best practice throughout all of its operations and provide confidence to frontline police and the wider New Zealand public that what we do, does work.

This partnership gives Police the opportunity to collaborate with others to provide the best evidence, analytics, and practise design to help ensure that when police make decisions, they base them on the most up-to-date information the latest research and best crime science.

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Established in 2017, and based at the University of Waikato, the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science (NZISCS) analyses data relating to crime, using various techniques to better understand crime, predict places, times and populations where it’s likely to occur in the future. The NZISCS also develops and implements interventions that help prevent crime and reduce victimisation. 

This partnership provides the University with access to police recorded crime data, enabling researchers to support the Police with multi-disciplinary, evidence-based research. 

New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science

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Vodafone New Zealand has a proud history of supporting the Police to adopt new technologies that help prevent crime and protect communities.

As New Zealand Police’s strategic partner, they have provided the office space for the Centre, allowing a collaborative work environment in central Wellington for Police, University of Waikato and ESR staff.

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