ANPR tracking - vGRID live / 'real time alerts' - new function?

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From: M B

Dear New Zealand Police,

Detective Lynch, in relation to real time tracking via ANPR, stated:

"as of 3 months ago [June 2022] we are able to access the entirety of the ANPR network without needing to flag vehicles as stolen"


It has previously been stated that:
- only the stolen vehicle subset of the Vehicle of Interest (VOI) list on the NIA is shared with third party ANPR providers.
- vGRID was not been described as having a real time alert function in the Police user guide for non-stolen vehicles (as Auror does) (
- Vehicle mounted ANPR cameras (police cars) do not link into ANPR databases (Auror & vGRID) and are only accessible through the boss system at the end / start of each shift for 48 hours. Police also stated that the VOI list for vehicle mounted ANPR is uploaded through the boss system at the end / start of a shift, not on a 15-minute cycle linked to the NIA like Auror and vGRID.

Questions and Information requested:

1. Are the Police now sharing more VOI lists than just the stolen vehicle subset?

2. Please expand on meant by "in its entirety". Include a list of what the "ANPR network" is comprised of.

3. There was no mention of real time / live alerts for sought vehicles (rather than stolen) in the vGRID police user guide, please provide any updated version of this and any information or material related to the new function.

4. Any information related to a difference of fact from that listed above. If there is substantive documents, emails, or material, please provide a list of all available.

Yours faithfully,

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Tēnā koe Mason

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 29 September 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-29986..

You can expect a response to your request on or before 28 October 2022 unless an extension is needed.

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