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Police CIO role filled

Police CIO role filled

Superintendent David Trappitt has been NZ Police's liaison officer in Canberra and national manager of planning and policy.

Police have a new CIO, almost nine months after advertisements were placed to fill the newly created position. However, the person appointed, Superintendent David Trappitt, is still only called “acting CIO” at this stage. “His secondment to the role is for 14 months,” says Deputy Commissioner, Viv Rickard, “after which Police will move to make a permanent appointment.”

Trappitt took up his duties as CIO in mid March. He has most recently been NZ Police’s liaison officer in Canberra and is a former national manager of planning and policy. “He will give the Information and Communications Technology Service Centre the leadership and stability it needs in order to complete change processes commenced in 2011,” Rickard says.

The CIO role was created following Police Commissioner Peter Marshall’s appointment in April last year and is intended “to ensure that the most senior person in ICT has the due title and status that the role is set to fulfil in an organisation of our size,” Michael Player, acting deputy commissioner for resource management, said last year.

Murray Mitchell had held the title of ICT manager since 2008.

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