6 May 2019
Our Reference: IR-01-19-6607
[FYI request #9691 email]
Dear Mr Davenport
I refer to email of 27 February 2019 where you requested, under the Official Information
Act 1982 (OIA), information regarding location tracking devices, such as GPS. Specifically
1. I would like to know whether any location tracking devices (such as GPS) are in
use for Police personnel. If such devices exist, I would like to know how long the
data stored on them is retained for. I would also like to know which personnel they
would be in use for (ie, frontline staff only, or all sworn staff, or all employees).
I have considered your request and my response is outlined below.
As at 27 February 2019 New Zealand Police used a device called an Officer Safety
Alarm. This device provides a geo-locating capability and the data around tracking is
held for any device from the time it is put into service. Officer Safety Alarms (OSAs) were
used by dog handlers, station support officers, custody officers and some frontline staff,
those frontline staff within a digital radio area (i.e. Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch) did
not wear OSAs.
However, in March 2019 NZ Police implemented a new application on Police mobile
phones called Deployment and Safety (DaS), which is used by frontline constabulary staff
and dog handlers to provide their last known GPS location from their mobile phone. The
GPS last known location data is only retained for 24 hours.
Acting Superintendent Andrew Sissons National Manager: Response and Operations
Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street. PO Box 3017, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.
Telephone: 04 474 9499. Fax: 04 498 7400. www.police.govt.nz