New QLD police chief named
Queensland will soon have its first female Police Commissioner.
Katarina Carroll will take over the police service from her current role as commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) following the retirement of current Commissioner Ian Stewart.
She is the first woman to lead the state's 155-year-old police service.
“It is a privilege and honour to be chosen as the next commissioner,” Ms Carroll said.
“I'll be working hard over the next five years to make sure I keep this wonderful state safe.”
Ms Carroll began with the Queensland Police Service in 1983, advancing through the ranks to Assistant Commissioner (Far North) in 2010, making her one of only two women at the rank.
She recalled in a recent interview that in her first year in uniform, her senior sergeant told her that women had no place in the Queensland Police Service.
She was in charge of security and planning operations at the G20 summit in Brisbane in 2014, and has spent the last four years at the helm of QFES.
“Certainly I do have plans that I'd like to unveil with my organisation … and a lot of that sits around prevention — together working with community and other agencies at a local level, place-based — but also to take that tough stance on serious crime,” Ms Carroll said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Ms Carroll was an outstanding choice.
“Commissioner Carroll was the best person for the job but I'm also delighted she'll be the first female police commissioner Queensland has had,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This sends a strong message to young girls that you can do anything in this state.
“She has worn the uniforms of two branches of our emergency services and stood by us in our toughest times, including cyclones Debbie and Marcia, not to mention the 2018 bushfires.”