Graham Bell biography
Detective Inspector (ret.) Graham Bell spent 33 years in the NZ Police, most of his time involved in investigating serious crime. Graham is one of New Zealand's most experienced and successful detectives. He is widely recognised as an expert in homicide investigations.
Graham's case list provides a pointer to his achievements. High profile cases such as the murder of Beverly Bouma, Mangakino Policeman Murray Stretch, Tauranga PD warden Noel McKenzie, gang victim Joanne Van Duyvenbooden, Whakamaru Lake victim Jason Johnson, Gisborne caretaker Andrea Torrey and Tokoroa's Paul Hedley are only the tip of the iceberg.
Graham has also led and conducted major inquiries into a range of criminal offending from art theft to rapes, complex fraud and drug trafficking. He has achieved a reputation for straight talking and backing words with action.
In 2001 Graham was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in the Birthday Honours list and was named as one of 15 New Zealanders who 'made a difference' in North and South Magazine's New Zealander of the Year issue.
Since retiring from the Police Graham has continued to take an active role in 'making a difference' by hosting and advising on Police Ten 7. Graham is particularly pleased to be able to be a part of a programme that takes a close look at his line of work, and to be able to still have a role in solving crime.