Police has an external, independent, expert panel to provide advice and oversight from an ethical and policy perspective of emergent technologies.
The expert panel operates as a reference group to which we will refer proposed policing applications of new and emergent technology (or significant enhancements of existing technology-enabled capabilities) on an as-needs basis.
The panel’s primary role is to provide advice and oversight from an ethical and policy perspective of emergent technologies. While advice will be received and considered in confidence, Police is committed to making the expert panel’s advice public wherever possible - acknowledging this may not be possible in every case, for example where disclosure would breach commercial obligations.
This panel supports Police’s commitment to carefully weigh privacy, security, and ethical consideration before looking at adding to its technology-enabled capabilities.
This will help provide assurance to the public that any major decision has been well considered and tested through an independent group.
Biographies of the panel
Professor Colin Gavaghan
Dr Andrew Chen
Dr Marion Oswald
Professor Michael Macaulay
Associate Professor Khylee Quince (Ngapuhi/Te Roroa/Ngāti Porou/Ngāti Kahungungu)
Professor Jennifer Brown
Update to Expert Panel membership – May 2022
We welcome Dr Andrew Chen to the Expert Panel who has replaced Kirikowhai Mikaere. Kirikowhai resigned in early April to engage in other work commitments.
“I'm delighted to welcome Andrew on to the Expert Panel. Over the past few years, he's brought a hugely impressive level of incisive but constructive scrutiny to new technologies in Police and how they affect the public, and I know he'll be a tremendous asset for us,” says Professor Gavaghan.
NZ Police are very grateful for Kirikowhai’s contribution to the Panel’s establishment and in providing advice which is helping Police to have a fuller understanding of the impacts of technology use on our people and communities to better inform decisions. Kirikowhai has been an integral part of informing our consideration of the use of technology, and the guiding policies and frameworks. “Kirikowhai has made a valuable contribution to the early days of the Panel, and we all express our sincere gratitude and best wishes for her future endeavours,” says Professor Colin Gavaghan.