Supt Tusha Penny

National Manager: Prevention, NZ Police

Since joining the New Zealand Police in 1992 Superintendent Tusha Penny has worked in both provincial and metropolitan areas. Much of her career has been spent in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) investigating serious crimes including lead roles in several high profile homicides (Operation Lion a unique investigation involving a ‘makutu’ cleansing by whanau in Wainuiomata; and the killing of Karl Kuchenbecker by serial murderer Graham Burton). She has also worked as a country mentor to Tonga to assist them with establishing family violence units and as part of the New Zealand Police contingent that assisted with the Tongan riots in 2006.

She has been pivotal in the change management Police have gone through over recent years in respect of child protection and sexual violence. She was critical in identifying and bringing attention to the systemic failure of Police to address child abuse investigations in the Wairarapa. Following from that she led the implementation of a multi agency centre based in Wellington known as ‘Koru House’ which was significant in addressing a lot of the issues found in Operation Hope (the long term investigation of historic child abuse files). The first officer to ever take on the role of National Manager – Child Protection and Sexual Violence in 2011 she spearheaded a national change management programme to accelerate the Police response to the Commission of Inquiry.

Superintendent Tusha Penny is now in the role of National Manager: Prevention based at Police National Headquarters. She is currently working on a major Change programme within the Family and Sexual Violence area which she is very passionate about.