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Police Minister thanks Broad for his work

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Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Police Minister Judith Collins thanked outgoing Police Commissioner Howard Broad for his "considerable contribution" in the position.

Mr Broad announced last night that he would not seek a second term of office when his term ends next April.

"Several months ago I spoke on the subject with the Minister of Police (Judith Collins) in the context of discussions around the appointment of a deputy commissioner of police, and then again 10 days ago," he said.

"On both occasions I have advised the minister that I do not seek another five year term as commissioner of police."

Mr Broad said the job was both demanding and very rewarding.

Today, Ms Collins said Mr Broad had had many notable achievements and had brought an understanding of frontline policy to the job.

That understanding was "honed from years on the streets, strong intellectual, organisational and technical knowledge, and a desire to modernise police".

"As his watch draws to a close, the New Zealand Police are better trained, better equipped and better able to tackle crime than at any other time."

Ms Collins said the job was "incredibly demanding" and required enormous commitment.

"I fully respect Mr Broad's decision to not seek a further five-year term," she said.

"I would like to thank Mr Broad for his considerable contribution to the New Zealand Police and wish him the very best for the future."

Mr Broad, a 35-year police veteran, was appointed commissioner in 2006.

Born in 1957, he joined the police as a cadet in 1975 and later graduated with a law degree from Victoria University in Wellington.

When then police minister Annette King appointed him commissioner he was tasked with rewriting the 1958 Police Act and that aim was achieved in 2008.

Among the controversies during Mr Broad's term have been the Commission of Inquiry into police conduct after a number of police officers --both former and serving -- were charged with sex offences.

In 2007 the police carried out what were termed anti-terror raids in the eastern Bay of Plenty, and in the aftermath various groups, including the Maori Party and Ruatoki residents, called for his resignation.

Mr Broad said later that he could understand the hurt people were feeling and he regretted that.

Under his leadership the police carried out trials of Tasers before he authorised their general use in August 2008.

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