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.
Mid-term ‘Health Check’ of the Expert Panel
As a newly established advisory body, a mid-term review of how the Panel is working was written into its Terms of Reference; and the expectation was set, with both the Panel members and the sponsoring Police Executives, that an arms-length review of the Panel’s operations and Terms of Reference would be conducted after 12-18 months. This type of review is consistent with a best practice approach to advisory bodies operating in a governance environment, and is not an indication any particular concerns exist with the way the Panel is operating. The aim of the review is to confirm that the Panel is functioning as intended, and its Terms of reference remain fit for purpose – but also, in the spirit of continuous improvement, to identify potential opportunities to make any sensible refinements or enhancement.
The review was completed by a specialist consulting firm in May 2023 and the key findings are:
The Panel is functioning as intended
There are small operational improvements that can be made
While it’s still relatively early in the tenure of the Panel, the advice provided has been helpful
The terms of reference are fit for purpose
There are opportunities to further improve effectiveness by being more strategic and tactical
Biographies of the panel
Professor Michael Macaulay (Panel Chair)
Dr Marion Oswald
Associate Professor Khylee Quince (Ngapuhi/Te Roroa/Ngāti Porou/Ngāti Kahungungu)
Professor Jennifer Brown
Dr Lindsey Te Ata o Tū MacDonald (Ngāi Tahu)
Advice sought from the Panel – we asked, they said, we did
Report on ‘Safe and ethical use of algorithms’
New Technology Policy and Framework
Proposal to trial Zavy
Report on ‘Facial Recognition Technology: Consideration for use in Policing’
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Policy