Howard Broad - Advisor and retired Trustee

Howard Broad - Advisor and retired Trustee

Howard Broad was an advisor to the TYLA Board for 11 years before he became a Trustee in 2011.

Howard's career began as a Police Cadet in 1975 and has since progressed through general police duties, criminal investigation and various administrative functions. 

In his Police career Howard had a wide range of operational challenges including the investigation of serious crime, governance over a particularly busy metropolitan police district for five years, and the protection of a number of visiting heads of state including the President of the United States during Apec 99.  He has a strong developmental focus and has been involved in making improvements in police operational practice, intelligence, planning, responding to diversity, and executive management processes.

In his previous role as 30th Commissioner of the New Zealand Police, from which he retired in 2011, Howard oversaw significant growth in the strength of the Police, reformed practices relating to family violence, sexual crimes, and organised crime.  Part of the growth of New Zealand Police has been directed into community policing practice for which New Zealand has a sound international reputation and practice was enhanced under Howard's reform programme.  Howard introduced major reforms to the Police founding legislation (Policing Act 2008) which included new Police disciplinary processes based on mainstream employment practice.  During his time as Commissioner, New Zealand continued to develop as a small but material provider of assistance to overseas police services (including Tonga, Solomon Islands, East Timor and Afghanistan).

Prior to his Commissioner appointment from which he retired from in 2011, Howard has held posts as Assistant Commissioner responsible for planning, performance and deployment, a secondment to the United Kingdom Home Office 2003-04, and as District Commander for the Auckland City Police District 1999-2003.

Howard descends from early settlers to Otago, New Zealand and he was born in the Otago provincial city of Dunedin on 17 February 1957.  He holds the Diploma in New Zealand Policing (Royal New Zealand Police College), and the degree Bachelor of Laws (Victoria University of Wellington).  He is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.  He has certificates in police management from the United States and Canada.  In 1992 he was the inaugural winner of the International Law Enforcement Award by the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (Canada) for his work in developing a national multi-agency Internet Safety Programme.

In his private life Howard enjoys reading, gardening, watching sport and the visual arts.



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