Deputy Commissioner Karen Webb APM will be appointed the NSW Police Commissioner, Premier Dominic Perrottet and Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott announced today.
Deputy Commissioner Webb brings more than 34 years of service to the community as a member of the NSW Police Force, including four years as Assistant Commissioner of the Police Transport & Public Safety Command and more recently, Deputy Commissioner of Corporate Services, managing a $4.6 billion police budget. Ms Webb also served as the Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller during the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20.
“This appointment follows a robust recruitment process involving talent from the top tiers of the NSW Police Force and a number of external candidates,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Community safety is the highest priority to the NSW Government, and I’m certain Deputy Commissioner Webb will lead the state’s more than 17,000 police officers with distinction in detecting, disrupting and combatting crime.”
Minister Elliott congratulated Deputy Commissioner Webb on her appointment and said the NSW Police Force is in safe hands with a strong, capable and committed leader at the helm.
“Deputy Commissioner Webb will build on the successes of the last decade, bringing continued unity and a fresh perspective to the oldest and largest force in the nation,” Mr Elliott said.
“During her time as a senior executive, Deputy Commissioner Webb has led important law enforcement reform, informed by intelligence and social issues. As the Corporate Sponsor for Victims of Crime, she is acutely aware of the wide-ranging impacts that crime can have on victims, their families and the community at large.”
The Premier and Minister paid tribute to outgoing Commissioner Fuller, who has led the Police Force with great integrity and tenacity.
“During his time as our Commissioner, Mick Fuller has faced the challenges of unprecedented natural disasters, a continued high level of threat by terrorist organisations, an experiential growth in cybercrime and a once-in-a-century pandemic,” Mr Perrottet said.
“I know I speak on behalf of the community in acknowledging a debt of gratitude to Commissioner Fuller and his family for the exemplary service he has given to our state,” Mr Elliott said.