New Commissioner of Police announced

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Incoming Commissioner Col Blanch

The Governor in Executive Council has today appointed Col Blanch as the next Police Commissioner of Western Australia.

Mr Blanch's appointment is for five years commencing July 15, 2022. 

Mr Blanch joined WA Police in 2018 as an Assistant Commissioner after serving with Victoria Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

Mr Blanch has served as a Deputy Commissioner in the WA Police Force for the past three years, overseeing key portfolios including Gang Crime, Homicide, Organised Crime, and State Intelligence. Over almost 30 years of law enforcement, Mr Blanch has held several high-profile roles including Chair of the WA State Emergency Coordination Group, Former Executive Director of Intelligence for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and Australian Crime Commission State Manager for Victoria.

Mr Blanch has a drive to make life safer for every member of our community, a dedication to duty and a commitment to frontline Police Officers. He possesses a wealth of experience and a fierce work ethic.

The selection process for the Commissioner included advertising across Australia and New Zealand and resulted in candidates from other jurisdictions as well as WA.

Mr Blanch will become the 29th Commissioner of the Western Australia Police Force and take stewardship of a world class Police Force that works tirelessly to earn the trust of the community.

Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch and Commissioner Chris Dawson APM
Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch and Commissioner Chris Dawson APM