- State Government thanks Dr O'Callaghan for his service and contribution to the community of WA
Outgoing Western Australian Commissioner of Police, Karl O'Callaghan has been farewelled at a ceremonial 'march off' as he retires from his 44-year policing career.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts was joined by other State dignitaries and commissioners of police from across Australia, as Dr O'Callaghan formally concluded his tenure as Commissioner - a role he has held for 13 years.
Karl O'Callaghan joined the force as a 17-year-old cadet, graduating as dux of his class in 1976.
He went on to serve in policing posts across metropolitan and regional WA, including traffic operations, general duties and internal affairs.
As assistant commissioner, Dr O'Callaghan oversaw major change and reform of information technology projects, helping modernise Western Australia Police.
As Commissioner, he has overseen widespread cultural and business change within WA Police and led important legislative reforms.
Dr O'Callaghan is the State's longest serving post war Police Commissioner.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"Dr O'Callaghan has provided strong leadership to the force and developed some important initiatives during his time as Commissioner.
"I appointed Dr O'Callaghan in 2004 as part of the Gallop Labor Government and it's an endorsement of his ability and commitment that he has gone on to be reappointed by governments of both persuasions.
"He has encouraged innovation and made police more accessible and accountable.
"On behalf of the community of WA, I sincerely thank Dr O'Callaghan for his loyal service and wish him well into the future."
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