Sex offender tracking contract awarded to Wynyard

MICHAEL FOREMAN
Last updated 11:28 20/08/2014

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Listed security software firm Wynyard Group has announced it is developing technology to support New Zealand's first sex offender register.

Last week, Police and Corrections minister Anne Tolley said the Cabinet had agreed funding of $35.5 million for the technology component of the Child Protection Offender Register (CPOR). Funding would be spread over 10 years and initial technology work was already under way, Tolley said.

Wynard said it will be delivering a specialised configuration of technology already in use by New Zealand police, which will manage the register.

The register will enable agencies to keep track of the personal information of convicted sex offenders, which will be analysed to determine if they are likely to reoffend.

Wynyard managing director Craig Richardson said the technology was being designed in partnership with police, who had studied the models used and experiences in other countries.

"The New Zealand Police are renowned globally for breaking new ground in the prevention of crime and front-line use of technology," Richardson said.

According to Tolley the register is expected to be operational by 2016, once enabling legislation is passed. It will also require changes to the Corrections Act to allow for information sharing, she said.

In July, Wynyard disclosed in a notice to the stock exchange that it had won a conditional contract worth $2.5m with an "existing Asia Pacific justice sector customer".

The company confirmed today that this contract was for software licences and services related to the CPOR.

Wynyard shares were up 2 cents in morning trading to $2.12.

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