Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    New Police Commissioner for WA

    1/08/2017 10:45 AM
    • Chris Dawson APM appointed next WA Police Commissioner
    • Working with Government to deliver outcomes in community safety 

    The State Government has today appointed Chris Dawson APM as Western Australia's new Commissioner of Police.


    Mr Dawson was formerly WA Police Deputy Commissioner for 10 years and has more recently headed up the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission for the past three and a half years.


    State Cabinet and Executive Council have approved the appointment for a term of five years.


    Mr Dawson has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, having served in both country and metropolitan positions throughout Western Australia.


    As superintendent, Mr Dawson was the inaugural principal of the Joondalup Police Academy.


    He is also a recipient of the distinguished Australian Police Medal.


    As Deputy Commissioner of WA Police, Mr Dawson was responsible for the serious and organised crime and Counter Terrorism portfolios.


    In 2011, Mr Dawson headed up the biggest security operation in WA Police's history - the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.


    Mr Dawson will commence as Commissioner of Police on August 16, 2017, following the retirement of Karl O'Callaghan.


    The McGowan Government wishes to extend its thanks to Dr O'Callaghan for his service and contribution to Western Australia as Police Commissioner for the past 13 years.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "We have chosen Mr Dawson to provide new leadership to WA Police at a time when we are focused on delivering improved services to the community.


    "The community deserve to feel protected and expect a timely response from police when they call for assistance.


    "The Minister for Police and I look forward to working collaboratively with the new Commissioner to tackle some of the problems facing this State and ultimately make it a safer place to live.


    "Methamphetamine continues to wreak havoc in our community and we will work together with Mr Dawson to implement our Meth Action Plan, along with our 100-strong Meth Border Force, to interrupt the supply of meth into WA."


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "Mr Dawson's extensive policing experience in organised crime and counter terrorism, make him the best person to steer WA Police through today's policing challenges.


    "Mr Dawson's recent experience as Chief Executive of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has put him at the forefront of the fight against the scourge of meth nationally.


    "Mr Dawson is highly respected within WA and national policing circles.


    "The State Government's vision for better policing means putting the community first and I know Mr Dawson shares that philosophy."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Police Minister's office - 6552 6900