Peter Marshall (police officer)

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Peter Marshall
31st Commissioner of Police (New Zealand)
In office
4 April 2011 – 2 April 2014
Preceded by Howard Broad
Succeeded by Mike Bush
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Peter Marshall

Peter Brendon Marshall, CNZM (born ca. 1953[citation needed]), was the 31st New Zealand Commissioner of Police, serving from 4 April 2011 to 2 April 2014.[1][2] He was previously Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Marshall is a career police officer who joined the New Zealand Police in 1972, and has worked both in uniform and as a detective with the Criminal Investigation Branch. Within New Zealand, he has served as head of the Hawkes Bay Armed Offenders Squad, and Area Commander in Hastings and Auckland City. Internationally he has been posted to the New Zealand diplomatic missions in Canberra from 1998 to 2002,[3] and Washington, D.C. from 2002 to 2004, where he established a New Zealand Police liaison office for counter-terrorism.[4] He was then Assistant Commissioner at the Police National Headquarters in Wellington, before being seconded to the Solomon Islands in February 2007.[5] In May 2008 he became acting Commissioner of Police in the Solomons, and was officially appointed to the position in March 2009. While in the Solomons he was subjected to a home invasion by a group of thirteen people armed with machetes, but was able to defend himself and his wife with a steel ceremonial sword.[6]

In April 2011, Marshall became the Commissioner of the New Zealand Police, and announced he would put a taser in every frontline vehicle, but would not be changing the policy that officers do not ordinarily carry firearms.[7]

Marshall has diplomas in Business Studies and New Zealand Policing, and is a graduate of the FBI Academy. He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List.[8]


  1. ^ "New Police Commissioner starts work". 4 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Statement from Deputy Commissioner Operations, Mike Bush". New Zealand Police. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Cheng, Derek (1 December 2010). "Mighty with a pen and a sword: meet the new police chief". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "New Police Commissioner wants high visibility". TVNZ. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Kay, Martin (1 December 2010). "Top cop returns to the home beat". Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Hume, Tim (21 February 2010). "Law and disorder". The Sunday Star-Times. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Cheng, Derek (6 April 2011). "Tasers in every car - new police chief". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2000". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 5 June 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Mohammed Jahir Khan
Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force
May 2008 – March 2009 (acting)
March 2009 – 7 February 2011
Succeeded by
Walter Kola (acting)
Preceded by
Howard Broad
Commissioner of the New Zealand Police
4 April 2011 – 2 April 2014
Succeeded by
Mike Bush