Long-serving policeman Howard Broad has been appointed the new Police Commissioner.

Police Minister Annette King said this morning the appointment was for five years.

Mr Broad has been with the police for more than 30 years, 18 years with CIB and then in policy, planning and strategy roles at National Headquarters.

In 1999 he be came District Commander Auckland City Police District. He was seconded in 2003-04 to work in the UK Home Office and in 2004 was appointed Assistant Commissioner.

Rob Pope has been made Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations.

Mr Pope, who has also been with the police for more than 30 years, is best known for heading the investigation into the Sounds murders.

The Government had also decided to reappoint Lyn Provost for a further five year term as Deputy Commissioner in charge of resource management.

- NZPA