This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Policy on members of the public photographing police in public.'.

8 May 2023
M Gilmour 
[FYI request #22398 email] 
Dear M Gilmour  
Request for information 
Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 request of 5 April 2023, in which you 
asked for: 
By way of background, I recently attempted to take a photograph of the aftermath 
of a vehicle accident, while in an area accessible to the public and outside of the 
police cordon. If it is relevant, there were no visible victims or blood or similar. I 
was told that it was il egal to photograph a crime scene under investigation and 
ordered to delete any photos taken. 
I believe I was within my rights, but complied to avoid causing a scene when the 
police and fire personnel on the scene had better things to do. 
Can you please share any police policy, legal advice, internal documents, or any 
other material that would shed light on whether ordering me to stop taking photos 
and delete what I had was in fact a legal & valid request? 
Police can close a road where a crime has taken place (and exclude people from an 
area), but do not have the lawful authority to prevent someone photographing a scene 
from a public place outside any cordon that has been set up. 
Within the Police Instructions chapter titled - Police filming and audio recording of 
operations and events - Public photographs of police activities, staff are advised the 
Occasionally, members of the public film or take photographs of Police 
employees carrying out their duties. This is not an offence and you have no 
power to prevent the photographs being taken or to seize the camera or digital 
storage media. 
I also refer you to the FAQ section of the NZ Police Website which also provides 
information relating to taking photos or filming in a public place. 
What are the rules around taking photos or filming in a public place? | New Zealand 
Yours sincerely 
Warren Olsson 
Detective Inspector 
National Criminal Investigations Group 
New Zealand Police  

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