Monday, May 20, 2024

Queensland Police Commissioner signs off on 41-year career

Queensland’s 20th Police Commissioner – and the first female to hold the role – Katarina Carroll, has announced her last day in uniform will be 1 March.

The Commissioner will step down after almost five years in the top job and more than 40 years with the police organisation.

“When I walked through the gates of the police academy 41 years ago, I had no idea where a career in policing would take me,” she said.

“The truth is it has been the most incredible and rewarding journey I could have ever asked for.

“I would not have predicted that a young woman from Far North Queensland … would make her way through the ranks to be appointed commissioner of police.”

At a snap press conference this morning, Commissioner Carroll said she felt “challenged” when considering another three years in the role.

“I didn’t think it was fair if I commit to three and leave in one.”

Her contract had been due to expire in July. The Commissioner revealed she had brought forward a meeting to discuss her contract renewal prior to today’s announcement.

She said it had “been an honour and a privilege to not only serve as a police officer, but to lead an organisation of more than 17,000 amazing staff”.

“I’m exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to be the 20th commissioner of police,” she said.

“I believe it is time to allow new leadership to guide the organisation forward.”

She said the passion and dedication of Queensland’s police officers had constantly inspired her during her tenure as Commissioner.

“Our officers do an outstanding job day in, day out. They put on their blue uniform and do the best job they can to keep this state safe.”

“I promised to be a visible leader and I hope that I have demonstrated that.”

Queensland Police Minister, Mark Ryan said Commissioner Carroll had “excelled and distinguished herself” in the role.

“You don’t just end up the commissioner of police by chance, you get there through hard work, distinction, through selfless service,” Mr Ryan said.

“I’m extremely grateful for her service, and I know the many Queenslanders I speak to are grateful and complimentary of her service.”

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