NZ Police and Massey University forge closer ties

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Crime and intelligence issues will form key components in a closer relationship between the New Zealand Police and Massey University, which was recognised with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Wellington today.NZ Police and Massey University forge closer ties

Crime and intelligence issues will form key components in a closer relationship between the New Zealand Police and Massey University, which was recognised with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Wellington today.

The agreement, signed by Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard, and Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey, formalises the relationship between the two organisations and provides for collaboration in research, teaching and professional development.

From next year Massey will offer a new qualification, a Master of International Security, which its Centre for Defence and Security Studies director, Nick Nelson, says is a significant academic development.

“Massey University has developed tailored papers within its master’s programme, which are designed to extend students’ knowledge beyond training and professional experience to bring a broader, research-led approach to how New Zealand deals with crime and security issues in the domestic setting,” Mr Nelson says.

The degree will be taught internally and extramurally. It will cover a broad range of subject areas, including security strategy, crime intelligence, international law, and leadership and management.

Deputy Commissioner Rickard welcomes the opportunities for shared learning in the specialist intelligence field.

“Universities encourage innovative thinking and this MOU is about helping us to think about smarter and better ways of doing business.”

Mr Mark Evans, the New Zealand Police Director of Intelligence, says the MOU’s timing is particularly appropriate as police launch the new Prevention First operating strategy aimed at making New Zealand an even safer place to live, visit and do business.

“This new relationship will help us develop future leaders within police, and with the focus on applied teaching will improve our ability to police even more effectively in partnership with others.”

Massey has similar agreements – based on teaching, research and professional development – with the New Zealand’s Defence Force and Customs Service. Working in partnership with New Zealand’s border law enforcement and security forces provides a unique opportunity to assist in developing best practice and identifying opportunities for research to inform operational decision and policy-making, Mr Nelson says.

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