JUSTINE Saunders is the ACT’s new chief police officer.
AFP assistant commissioner Saunders has 27 years’ of experience in community policing and national operational areas including drug importation and fraud. Her first 10 years of her career was in the ACT where she worked in a range of community policing and detective roles and specialised investigative units. She replaces Rudi Lammers and starts in her new position on November 8.
“Assistant commissioner Saunders has been a leader in key operational areas such as transnational crime, drug importations, people smuggling, counter terrorism and fraud,” said Police Minister Minister Simon Corbell.
“In addition to this, assistant commissioner Saunders spent three years in New York as the Australian police adviser to the Australian Mission to the UN representing Australia’s interests on strategic policing and UN peacekeeping.
She 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).
Assistant commissioner Saunders said she was pleased to return to ACT Policing.
“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,” she 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.”