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Police data website launches nationwide

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/11/2016

A new online tool which will allow the public to access police crime data launched on Wednesday, but there are no concerns for privacy.

The data, which was previously available from Statistics NZ, is easier for the public to access and understand.

The information available on policedata.co.nz goes back to July 2014, when police first teamed up with Statistics NZ, and uses 'mesh blocks' to narrow down the locations of crime without revealing private information.

The Privacy Commission approve of the tool, said Mark Evans, deputy chief executive for strategy.

"We ensure people's privacy. We were seeking a balance to provide information but keep privacy."

Gavin Knight, national police statistics manager, said the technology is ahead of the game.

"We think it's world leading in terms of mapping, visualisation and being able to interact with the data."

Statistics NZ will still be monitoring the incoming data, as well as doing regular audits, and Mr Evans says this is will ensure the quality of the statistics.

"The statistics are assured by Statistics NZ, who have clear standards. We are confident in the quality of the statistics.

Mr Evans said he did not know how much the new website cost to develop, but was "well within the police budget" that had been spread over a number of years.

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