Dr Garth den Heyer

Police Foundation, Washington, DC

c/o New Zealand Police
5 Bank Road
Tel: +64-4-475-8995

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I am an Inspector with the New Zealand Police with more than 33 years’ experience.  I have extensive experience in police and security sector reform issues, including in developing nations.  I was deployed for 20 months to the Solomon Islands as part of RAMSI to advise both the international police and the local police on organisational reform. 


I have published a number of papers and articles on policing, including on the militarization of police, police reform in post conflict states and service delivery effectiveness.  I have recently completed an 18 month United States Institute of Peace funded research project which evaluated the role of civilian police in peacekeeping and am currently the Principal Investigator on a US Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funded research project.  This project is an international comparative assessment of the cost-reducing strategies adopted by police agencies to maintain the effective and efficient delivery of services.


I am also currently undertaking a 12-month funded research project that is examining the establishment of Police Scotland and the wider issues associated with Scottish Police reform programme.


 •           den Heyer, G. (2012). The role of civilian police in peacekeeping: 1999-2007.  Washington, DC: Police Foundation.

•           den Heyer, G. (2009). Use of econometric modeling and analysis to support operational policing.  Mauritius: VDM Publishing.

•           Keay, D, den Heyer, G. and Russell, N. (1998). Assaults review: A study of assaults on New Zealand police officers.  Wellington, New Zealand: Staff Safety project, New Zealand Police.

•           den Heyer, G., Mitchell, M., Gnash, S. and Devery, C. (2011). An econometric method of allocating police resources.  In J. Albrecht and D. Das (eds.), Effective Crime Reduction Strategies: International Perspectives, pp. 347-376. CRC Press: Boca Raton, Florida.

•           den Heyer, G. (2014). Examining police strategic resource allocation in a time of austerity.  Salus Journal, 2:1, pp. 63-79.

•           den Heyer, G. (2013). American policing in an age of austerity and globalization: An option to face the challenge.  Critical Issues in Justice and Politics, 6:2, pp. 1-26.

•           den Heyer, G. (2013). Shape or adapt?  The future of policing.  Salus Journal, 1:1, pp. 41-54.

•           den Heyer, G. (2013). Police as nation builders: Distinguishing between countries that contribute police officers to United Nations peace operations.  International Journal of Peacekeeping, 17: 1-2, pp. 74-115.

•           den Heyer, G. (2013). Mayberry revisited: A review of the influence of police paramilitary units on policing.  Policing and Society, published online on 15 April and available at

•           den Heyer, G. and Beckley, A. (2013). Police independent oversight in Australian and New Zealand.  Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 14:2, pp. 130-143.

•           den Heyer, G. (2011). Filling the security gap: Military versus civilian police.  Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 12:6, pp. 460-473.

•           den Heyer, G. (2011). Is new public management a useful strategy for democratic policing?  Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 34:3, pp. 419-433.

•           den Heyer, G. (2010). Measuring capacity development and reform in the Royal Solomon Islands police force.  Police and Society, 20:3, pp. 298-315.

•           den Heyer, G. (2010). Evaluating police reform in post conflict nations: A Solomon Islands case study.  International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Spring, 34:1, pp. 213-234.

•           den Heyer, G., Mitchell, M., Gnash, S. and Devery, C. (2008). An econometric method of allocating police resources.  International Journal of Police Science and Management, 10:2, pp. 192-213.

•           den Heyer, G. (2007). Stabilising the Solomons: A regional response.  New Zealand International Review, July/August, Vol. XXXII: 4, pp. 17-21.

•           den Heyer, G. (2006). New Zealand police's approach to countering terrorism since September 2001.  New Zealand International Review, January/February, XXXI: 1, pp. 6-9.

•           den Heyer, G. (2012). Lessons learned from the New Zealand police: Opportunities for the USA.  The Police Chief, Vol. LXXIX: 12, December, pp. 60-63.

•           den Heyer, G. (2012). Post-conflict civilian police reform: 1999 to 2007.  Coginta Working Paper Series, 44, July,

Last Updated: Fri 7 Nov 14