Deputy Police Commissioner assigned to Regional NSW
Last Thursday I announced that the NSW Police Force will be reengineered to prepare it to protect the community into the future.
Significantly, this includes the creation of a Deputy Commissioner for Regional NSW Field Operations. This is the first time in the history of the NSW Police Force that regional NSW will have a dedicated Deputy Commissioner.
Regional communities have their own challenges that are different from the city: the tyranny of distance, the scourge of the drug ‘ice’ that is tearing towns apart, higher domestic violence rates, and rural crime such as stock theft. The regions will benefit from a tailored focus rather than the current one‑size‑fits-all model.
Not only will this position ensure that the unique challenges of policing in regional NSW are well understood and represented at the very highest levels of the police force, it will also ensure a strong, dedicated voice for the regions when decisions about resource allocations are made.
For the first time there will also be a deputy dedicated to counter-terrorism. Terrorism is a clear and present threat to this state, particularly to a global city such as Sydney, and the nature of the threat constantly evolves – that’s why we need a structure that puts a stronger, refined focus on it.
The new structure will comprise five positions reporting directly to the Police Commission. They are:
- A Deputy Commissioner for Metropolitan Field Operations;
- A Deputy Commissioner for Regional NSW Field Operations;
- A Deputy Commissioner for Investigations and Counter Terrorism;
- A Deputy Commissioner for Specialist Support; and
- An Executive in charge of Corporate Services.