A former New Zealand chief police officer is now a top
adviser to the Government on intelligence and security.
Howard Broad, a 35-year police veteran who started his career
in Dunedin and ended it as police commissioner, now holds the
role of deputy chief executive security and intelligence in
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).
''It's one person providing national security
co-ordination,'' he said last night.
Since his retirement as commissioner in 2010, he had been
doing voluntary and consulting work.
It was during a teaching stint with the security sector he
heard of a new role being created in the DPMC, which oversees
national security and civil defence.
''Slipping into this was such an interesting challenge and
Mr Broad, who was born and educated in Dunedin and spent his
first 10 years as a policeman in the city, started the new
job in January.
He reports to DPMC's chief executive, Andrew Kibblewhite, who
in turn reports to the Prime Minister.
Mr Broad is responsible for the DPMC's intelligence roles,
including the National Assessments Bureau, Security and Risk
Group, Intelligence Co-ordination Group and National Cyber
The aim of the role was to aid co-ordination of the country's
intelligence agencies, he said.
''It is a co-ordination and machinery-of-government
There also needed to be co-ordination of the response to the
risks New Zealand faced from natural disasters and situations
such as pandemics.
''There is a heightened expectation that these situations
will be handled well and this sort of planning and
co-ordination function is quite critical.''