Release of response to SSC Inquiry into the Use of External Security Consultants

Below is the Ministry of Education’s response to the State Services Commission Inquiry into the Public Sector Use of External Security Consultants.

About the inquiry

This material includes reference to a 6 month pilot that the Ministry contracted Cyclops Monitoring to run in 2014-2015 to test the effectiveness of CCTV in reducing vandalism, fire damage and theft in 5 schools.

The pilot was well-managed and controlled, and the SSC inquiry didn't find any code breaches associated with our engagement of Cyclops Monitoring. The Ministry has had no further engagement with the security consultants following the conclusion of the pilot.

Visit the State Services Commission website for more information about the inquiry.

State Services Commission website(external link)

Documents released

The following inquiry documents have been proactively released.

Letter from Ministry to Martin Jenkins - 1 [PDF, 245 KB]

Letter from Ministry to Martin Jenkins - 2 [PDF, 263 KB]

Cyclops Appendix and Contract [PDF, 4.6 MB]

Cyclops invoices [PDF, 4 MB]

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Information withheld or deleted

Deletions have been made from the documents under the following sections of the Official Information Act 1982:

  • section 9(2)(a) to protect the privacy of natural persons
  • section 9(2)(b)(ii) to protect information where the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information.

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