New Deputy Commissioner Appointed

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Commissioner Chris Dawson and Minister for Police Michelle Roberts announced Mr Blanch’s appointment to the position of Deputy Commissioner on Monday 11 March.

We are proud to announce the appointment of Col Blanch as Deputy Commissioner (Specialist Services).

Commissioner Chris Dawson and Minister for Police Michelle Roberts announced Mr Blanch’s appointment to the position of Deputy Commissioner on Monday 11 March.Commissioner Chris Dawson and Minister for Police Michelle Roberts announced Mr Blanch’s appointment to the position of Deputy Commissioner on Monday 11 March.

Deputy Commissioner Blanch wants to harness the ingenuity of frontline officers across the State as he steps into his new role.

“I want to encourage innovation in solving crimes – I know many of our frontline officers are trialling different tools in their own local areas and I encourage them to bring those ideas forward,” Mr Blanch said.

“We have geniuses out there who have developed innovative tools to assist their local districts – I’m keen to explore these initiatives to see whether we can develop and expand them across the State.”

Mr Blanch joined WA Police Force in July as Assistant Commissioner (State Intelligence and Command) where he oversaw the transformation of the State Operations Command Centre (SOCC).

The SOCC continues to develop as a real-time, State-wide and multi-agency tactical intelligence service which enhances officer safety and the quality of response to crime in the community.

Prior to joining WA Police Force, Mr Blanch was based in Canberra as the Executive Director of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission where he was highly regarded for redefining Australia’s criminal intelligence capability.

His leadership proved instrumental in several of Australia’s biggest international and national drug seizures.

Commissioner Dawson said Mr Blanch possesses a wealth of experience, a strategic focus and a fierce work ethic.

“I look forward to the continued impact Col will make on law enforcement in Western Australia,” Mr Dawson said.

Mr Blanch said it was a privilege to accept the position. “In my time with the WA Police Force I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the level of dedication and commitment being made by officers throughout the State, and I look forward to playing my part in making a positive contribution to the community of Western Australia,” he said.