Jun 03, 2021 7:00 AM
Stu Allsopp-Smith
Former Manager: National Security Investigations - NZ Police

Stu retired in 2020 having completed 44 years service with the NZ Police. He will talk on the subject of National Security and the approach taken whilst he was the Manager of Investigations. He will also discuss international trends and issues and what he considers are the strengths of our approach and how community trust and confidence is central to managing and reducing the risk.


Stuart joined  the New Zealand Police on 10 May 1976.

After initially being stationed at Takapuna, he joined the Auckland Criminal Investigation Branch in May 1978 where he served until transferring to the Whangarei CIB in 1983.  He returned to Auckland in 1986 on promotion.

His career has seen him serving in all areas of the Criminal Investigation Branch including major crime investigation, Witness Protection, specialist areas including forensics, drug investigations, and the undercover programme.  He has worked on and led numerous homicide and other serious and high profile criminal investigations.

In 2003 Stuart was promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector in Auckland Metro Crime and Operations Support.  This position involved the management of all Upper North specialist Policing groups.

In 2016 he was appointed to the position of Manager: National Security Investigations which encompassed management of all National Security (CT) Investigations across the country.

In this role he liaised closely with National and International Partner agencies and frequently attended and presented to international symposia focused on Counter Terrorism and National Security issues.

He remained in this role until retiring from the New Zealand Police in October 2020 after completing 44 year’s service.