New Commissioner for Police
The State Opposition welcomes the appointment of Mr Chris Dawson as Commissioner for Police.
Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said Mr Dawson had an exemplary record in the WA Police service, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).
“His vast experience will enable him to lead Western Australia’s police service at a time when security is a significant state, national and international issue,” Dr Nahan said.
“Mr Dawson’s experience at the ACIC augurs well for Western Australia’s fight against drugs and to build on the very good work that has been carried out by Western Australian police over previous years.”
The Opposition also recognises the distinguished record of Dr Karl O’Callaghan.
“Dr O’Callaghan has been an outstanding Police Commissioner for WA, serving our state with distinction,” Dr Nahan said.
“On behalf of the Opposition, I wish him well for the future.”
Dr Nahan said despite the selection process being plagued with perceived interference within Government, the Opposition was confident the appropriate person had been selected for the job.
“The flawed selection process for the new Commissioner should not reflect on Mr Dawson,” he said.
“While the Government has still not made a full explanation about that process, we are pleased an experienced and respected person of Mr Dawson’s calibre is filling the role of Police Commissioner.”