Photo: NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb.
Boorowa Central School hosted the swearing-in ceremony for the state’s new Police Commissioner recently with Karen Webb returning to the same school where she attended from her first day of kindergarten through to her last day of Year 12.
Webb’s appointment was the first major decision of Premier Dominic Perrottet’s tenure and he said he had been nothing but impressed by her.
“I think she’s started really well, she’s hit the ground running,” Mr Perrottet told The Daily Telegraph. Mr Perrottet said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that she has the experience, let alone the integrity and the honesty, that the NSW Police Force needs at this time.
“It’s difficult in the circumstances that there’s outstanding candidates everywhere, but with her leadership, integrity (and) honesty, it sets her up in my view to serve the 17,000 police officers and the 8 million people across our state really well.
“There’s been challenging times around the gangs and there has been some success already, immediately a two-day operation … there is no place for that crime on our streets.
“And one of the great aspects of the NSW Police Force is that if you look at crime rates across NSW, they’re at historic lows and that’s a testament to every man and woman who served across our state every day and I know they all have the utmost respect for Karen and her leadership skills will stand our state in good stead.”
Ms Webb’s swearing-in comes almost two months after her surprise announcement as the new top cop.
She has already faced a number of challenges including the Hamzy and Alameddine gang war, and the sad death of nine-year-old girl Charlise Mutten which shocked the state.
Ms Webb admitted it had been a busy time since being announced last November and said she was excited to be able to become Commissioner back in the small town where she grew up.
“Of course I’m excited, I think it’s important to go back to where it all started for me,” Ms Webb said. “There’s always plenty of work, never a dull moment.”