Bruce O'Brien


Bruce O’Brien joined the New Zealand Police in 2000 and began his career in Northland District before transferring to Auckland where he remained for the next 17 years. He worked across Auckland City, Waitemata and Counties Manukau Districts in a number of roles including Area Commander, Area and District Prevention Manager, Manager Auckland Airport and District Shift Supervisor.


O’Brien also deployed to the Solomon Islands where he was an advisor to the Royal Solomon Islands Police.


In 2018, he was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Evidence Based Policing Centre before being appointed to Assistant Commissioner of Deployment and Road Policing in 2021.


O’Brien holds a Masters of Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge, and is currently completing a PhD which focuses on the understanding and prevention of child homicide in New Zealand.


Bruce joins The CopDoc Podcast on September 27th, 2021.