Southern police boss to retire

23:05, Jan 22 2013
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Southern District commander Superintendent Bob Burns

Southern District police will have a new boss with the retirement of Southern District commander Superintendent Bob Burns being confirmed yesterday.

A brief statement, released by Southern District communications manager Vivien Pullar, said Mr Burns would step down from the top southern job in early April.

Mr Burns is on leave and could not be reached for comment.

Mr Burns, who has been in command of the Southern Police District since December 2008, would make a formal comment nearer to his retirement date, Ms Pullar said.

Mr Burns said he had enjoyed his time in Southern and was looking forward to his retirement, the statement said.

Superintendent Bob Burns joined the police in 1981 and spent his initial five years' service as a constable in Dunedin with relieving periods in Mosgiel, Ranfurly, Balclutha, Alexandra and Port Chalmers.


He transferred to Wellington in 1986 as a sergeant and moved to Wanganui. In Wanganui he was involved in community policing and in charge of the armed offenders squad.

He was promoted to senior sergeant in 1992.

While in Wanganui he played a key role in developing an "intelligence-based" policing model that brought about significant reductions in reported crime.

In 1999 he transferred to Nelson as a senior sergeant and relieved as the Nelson Bays' area commander. He also commanded the Nelson Bays' armed offender squad.

In 2004 he was promoted to inspector and appointed to area commander Taupo in the Bay of Plenty District. He also performed a 10-month secondment as area commander Western Bay of Plenty – Tauranga before returning to Taupo.

The Southland Times