Information regarding video recording devices in Police vehicles

Hugh Davenport made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear New Zealand Police,

This is in response to both https://fyi.org.nz/request/9292-informat... and https://fyi.org.nz/request/9835-informat... where the Police have clearly stated that no "dashcam or similar system" is installed in Police vehicles.

However, reading the "Police filming and audio recording of operations and events" chapter of the Police Manual (version 3.0 available from an OIA request from 2016 at https://fyi.org.nz/request/4023/response...), shows the following paragraph:
"Approval required for wearing body worn cameras or recording devices
You must have approval before:
• using any body worn camera or recording device (see the sections on covert and open
and observable use below)
• fitting any video recording devices to Police vehicles. "

This paragraph suggests that at times, there a "video recording devices" fit/installed in Police vehicles. I would class this a a "similar system" to a dashcam, and as such should have been included in my original request.

For this request, I would like to request:
- The most recent version of the "Police filming and audio recording of operations and
events" chapter, if it is newer than version 3.0 as linked above
- Whether any dashcams or similar systems are installed in police cars. If so, I would like to know how long any data stored on them is retained for. (Note that was my original request, which has been mishandled in the past. For the sake of clarity, I would call a "video recording device" as a "similar system" to a dashcam.)
- If those video recording devices are installed in Police vehicles, then whether they are permanent.
- If they are not permanent, then how many of the Police vehicle fleet have them, and how many don't.

I will note once again, I have requested this information, and Police have mishandled this. I would appreciate a lawful response to this.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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From: Hugh Davenport <[FOI #9881 email]>
Date: 18/03/2019 09:51PM
Subject: Official Information request - Information regarding video
recording devices in Police vehicles

Dear New Zealand Police,
This is in response to both
[1]https://fyi.org.nz/request/9292-informat...
and
[2]https://fyi.org.nz/request/9835-informat...
where the Police have clearly stated that no "dashcam or similar system"
is installed in Police vehicles.
However, reading the "Police filming and audio recording of operations and
events" chapter of the Police Manual (version 3.0 available from an OIA
request from 2016 at
[3]https://fyi.org.nz/request/4023/response...
), shows the following paragraph:
"Approval required for wearing body worn cameras or recording devices
You must have approval before:
• using any body worn camera or recording device (see the sections on
covert and open
and observable use below)
• fitting any video recording devices to Police vehicles. "
This paragraph suggests that at times, there a "video recording devices"
fit/installed in Police vehicles. I would class this a a "similar system"
to a dashcam, and as such should have been included in my original
request.
For this request, I would like to request:
- The most recent version of the "Police filming and audio recording of
operations and
events" chapter, if it is newer than version 3.0 as linked above
- Whether any dashcams or similar systems are installed in police cars. If
so, I would like to know how long any data stored on them is retained for.
(Note that was my original request, which has been mishandled in the past.
For the sake of clarity, I would call a "video recording device" as a
"similar system" to a dashcam.)
- If those video recording devices are installed in Police vehicles, then
whether they are permanent.
- If they are not permanent, then how many of the Police vehicle fleet
have them, and how many don't.
I will note once again, I have requested this information, and Police have
mishandled this. I would appreciate a lawful response to this.
Yours faithfully,
Hugh Davenport
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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear New Zealand Police,

Given this is now overdue, and the Police rarely ever respond to follow ups, I have reported this to the Ombudsman.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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