Police policy for external researchers' access to resources, data or privileged information

Police policy for external researchers' access to resources, data or privileged information

Date Published: 
July 2017

Researchers applying for access to resources, data or privileged information should download the following two documents which provide information about the process, as well as Police’s Policy.

The Policy for providing access to Police’s data, resources or privileged information, includes relevant legislation and protocols, the principles governing this access, and the requirement for external researchers to enter into a Police Research Agreement.

This Policy applies to all external researchers who request access to Police data, resources or privileged information. It does not apply to journalists or other individuals seeking information pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982.

Once an application is received complete with supporting documentation, an initial review of the application is carried out by NZ Police Research staff, then once it is established that the application meets the minimum requirements it is reviewed at the next RRAC committee meeting.  The committee meets bi-monthly on the dates shown below. 

The deadline for completed applications is four weeks before the meeting to allow time for Subject Matter Experts and RRAC members to review each research proposal thoroughly.