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Level 6, 181 Willis Street, Wellington 6011 nz
Qualified to Detective Senior Sergeant Level NZ Police
Past President FIANZ - NZ Chapter
Australian Fire & Arson Investigation Course
SAC-PAV Bomb Scene Examiners Course (Australia)
Accredited Safety Auditor
Russell began his investigative career in 1981 when he joined the New Zealand Police.
He joined the Wellington CIB in 1986 qualifying as a detective in 1988. He became a uniform sergeant in 1991 and Detective sergeant in 1994.
As a Detective sergeant he managed the Organised Crime Unit for the Wellington Metropolitan CIB and was the New Zealand Police Fire Investigation Expert.
He has 18 years experience in the New Zealand Police and over 19 years experience in the fire investigation industry.
He reached the rank of Detective Sergeant in 1994 and managed the Organised Crime Unit for Wellington Metropolitan CIB from 1996 - 1999.
From 1994 – 1999 he was designated the New Zealand Police Fire Investigation Expert, managing serial arson investigations, fires of suspicious nature and fires involving death.
He completed the combined New Zealand Police and Fire Service’s Fire Investigator's Course, later took over the facilitation of the course and re-wrote the Police manual for fire investigation.
In 1996 he completed a course of study at the Tasmania Police Academy for Fire and Arson Investigators.
In 1996 he graduated from the SAC-PAV Bomb Scene examiners course in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. This course was hosted by the Victoria Police Academy. This was an in-depth course which included units in chemistry and electronics. The participants were required, at the completion of the course, to investigate a bomb scene, locate and identify all components from the explosive device and reconstruct that device.
In 1996, he received a commendation for outstanding investigation which led to the conviction of a serving Police Detective for arson & Fraud. This was a complex inquiry which required not only an in-depth scene examination but the testing of several hypotheses.
In 1996 – 1997 he investigated and reconstructed an explosive device which detonated on the lap of a Malaysian national visiting New Zealand. Subsequently gave evidence in the Malaysian High Court. His testimony was accepted as expert evidence.
He has extensive court experience and has given evidence in New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia. This includes the District Court, High Court and tribunal hearings.
In 1999 he commenced a career as a specialist Fire Investigator in the private sector and has subsequently investigated fire scenes in New Zealand, Fiji, Norfolk Island and Samoa.
He has investigated over 1800 fires during the course of his career with the Police and in the private sector.
He is a member of the International & NZ Chapter of the Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI & NZAAI), has continued to attend various seminars and has kept up to date with current investigation techniques used by International Fire Investigators.
Corporate Risks now investigates in excess of 3000 fires annually.
Fire Scene Origin and Cause Investigations
Occupational Health & Safety