21 Dec 2023

Mum's toughness prepared top cop for fighting crime

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 21 December 2023
Detective Inspector Scott Beard speaks to media.

Photo: RNZ / Marika Khabazi

One of the country's most recognisable officers, Detective Inspector Scott Beard has been a police officer for 43 years and the chief investigator on many high-profile cases in the last few decades of New Zealand criminal history.

He led the Grace Millane murder inquiry, where the national and international media spotlight was focused on the killing of the young English tourist.

As the field crime manager for the Auckland City District he investigates some of the most heinous crimes, including sexual assault, child exploitation.

He talks to Kathryn about his upbringing, how he deals with the fallout from human tragedy, surviving cancer, and also his commitment to fitness.