New ACT Chief Police Officer announced

Released 29/08/2016

Minister for Police and Emergency Service Simon Corbell today announced the appointment of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Justine Saunders as the new ACT Chief Police Officer.

“Assistant Commissioner Saunders has 27 years of experience in community policing and national operational areas including drug importation and fraud,” Mr Corbell said.

“After spending the first 10 years of her career in the ACT working in a range of community policing and detective roles in general duties and specialised investigative units, Assistant Commissioner Saunders transferred to the national AFP workforce.

“Assistant Commissioner Saunders has been a leader in key operational areas such as transnational crime, drug importations, people smuggling, counter terrorism and fraud.

“In addition to this, Assistant Commissioner Saunders spent three years in New York as the Australian Police Adviser to the Australian Mission to the United Nations representing Australia’s interests on strategic policing and UN peacekeeping.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Assistant Commissioner Saunders back to ACT Policing where I know her experience across local and national issues will be of great value to the service.”

Assistant Commissioner Saunders joined the AFP in 1989 and has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Studies) with Distinction, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and a Masters in Management and Leadership (Policing).

“I have no doubt the close working relationship with the Government and ACT Policing will continue with Assistant Commissioner Saunders appointment,” Mr Corbell said.

“I would like to thank retiring Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers for his commitment to keeping our community safe.”

Assistant Commissioner Saunders will start in the role on 8 November.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said Assistant Commissioner Saunders held the best combination of skills and experience to ensure ACT Policing continues to provide an exemplary service to the Canberra community.

“The post of the Chief Police Officer is a highly sought after position in the AFP. Justine proved to be the most suitable candidate due to the breadth of her experience across the AFP, her contributions to the development and implementation of policy, her aptitude for strategic leadership and her proficiency as a liaison between police and government,” Commissioner Colvin said.

“Justine follows nine previous Chief Police Officers in the ACT who have, over the years, seen significant innovations in policing practices, lead ACT Policing through challenges and reduced crime rates across the ACT. This has resulted in Canberra being one of the safest cities in Australia.”

Assistant Commissioner Saunders said she was pleased to return to ACT Policing after 17 years serving in the broader AFP both nationally and internationally

“As someone who calls Canberra home it is a privilege to accept this position and to lead such a professional group of women and men who are committed to keeping our community safe,” Assistant Commissioner Saunders said.

“I look forward to building on the efforts of Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers and his predecessors, ensuring ACT policing continues meets the challenges of the future and the needs of the Canberra community.”

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