Bruce O’Brien

Assistant Commissioner of Deployment and Road Policing, New Zealand

Bruce joined Police in 2000 and began his career in Northland District before transferring to Auckland where he remained for the next 17 years, working 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. Bruce also deployed to the Solomon Islands where he was an advisor to the Royal Solomon Islands Police. In 2018, Bruce 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. Bruce 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.