Solomon government appoints a Kiwi as deputy police commissioner
The Solomon Islands government has appointed Assistant Commissioner Peter Marshall of New Zealand Police to the position of Deputy Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Police Force.
Assistant Commissioner Marshall takes up the role replacing Superintendent Graham Emery of New Zealand Police who took up the Deputy Commissioner position in 2005. Superintendent Emery is currently Acting Commissioner.
The term of the appointment by the Solomon Islands authorities is two years. AC Marshall will take up the position later this month. Peter Marshall was a highly experienced Police officer who had served New Zealand well in a variety of challenging policing roles both here and abroad.
The Commissioner said he was sure Mr Marshall would play a valuable role in the key position of Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police.
Assistant Commissioner Peter Marshall has been a member of the New Zealand Police since September 1972. Most of his career has been with the Criminal Investigation Branch and this has involved two periods of secondment overseas.
In 1988 he was working at the New Zealand High Commission and the Australian Federal Police Headquarters building in Canberra as a police liaison officer. In that role he was responsible for co-coordinating investigations, extraditions and a variety of other inquiries.
In July 2002, Assistant Commissioner Marshall became the first New Zealand police officer based at the New Zealand Embassy, Washington DC. His primary responsibility was to interact with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies with regards to terrorism related matters. In this capacity he covered a geographical area extending from Canada to South America.
During 1998 and 1999 the Assistant Commissioner had responsibility for planning and otherwise commanding police security for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) series of meetings held in Auckland during September 1999. Those meetings were attended by twenty one world leaders including then President Clinton. Eighty four international protected persons were present in Auckland and approximately 2,500 police officers were under his command for those events.
He was also police operations commander for the 1999 America's Cup international yachting event held on Auckland Harbour over a five month period.
The Assistant Commissioner was also the commanding officer of the Hawke's Bay Armed Offenders Squad for a period of three years.
His efforts with regards to both the APEC and America's Cup commitments were recognized when he became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2000.
In February 2004 he commenced duty at the Office of the Commissioner in Wellington as Assistant Commissioner (Crime Reduction and Public Safety) with responsibility for the national oversight of Crime, Operations, Youth Services, Road Policing, Canterbury and Waikato Districts as well as three nationally based Detective Superintendents. In this capacity he reported directly to the Deputy Commissioner Operations.
The Assistant Commissioner has undertaken business studies through Massey University and he is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia.