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Issue No. 356 April 2012

Pooling intelligence makes journeys safer

Road safety took a significant step forward when a collaborative intelligence centre was opened last month by Nick Perry, Assistant Commissioner Operations.

The Centre for Road Safety Intelligence (CRSI) brings together the expertise of intelligence staff from four agencies: Police, ACC, Ministry of Transport and the NZ Transport Agency.

The CRSI, located at Police National Headquarters in Wellington, is managed by Tim Haughey, a police officer who’s worked in the intelligence arena for many years.

“Each agency has its own perspective on road safety,” he says. “The centre means we can share information, intelligence and ideas, and work together to ultimately create safer roads.”

The centre means Police pools intelligence with other agencies to create safer roads.
Photo: Senior Sergeant Mike Whitaker, Auckland Forensic Imaging

The centre’s creation comes out of the Safer Journeys Action Plan 2011-2012. It follows the Safe System approach to road safety, which looks for improvements across the whole road system, from roads and roadsides to speeds, vehicles and road use.

Work produced by the centre will provide a start point for the four agencies to work on their own projects and develop interventions as appropriate, says Tim.

At the opening Superintendent Paula Rose, National Manager Road Policing, said by working together, the whole will be much greater than the sum of its parts.

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