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Burn, Catherine (Deputy Commissioner)

Specialist Operations, New South Wales Police Force, Australia

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn is a career police officer having joined the Police Force at the age of 19. Her career has covered all areas across the NSW Police Force including general duties, detectives, specialist and corporate areas.

From 2002 - 2006 Deputy Commissioner Burn was a Local Area Commander at Burwood, City Central and Redfern before being promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Professional Standards Command. She commanded the Central Metropolitan Region for two years and also performed the role as the State’s Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller.

In July 2010 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services with responsibility for managing a $2.7 billion budget and driving the development and implementation of corporate service strategies.

In October 2012 Deputy Commissioner Burn was appointed as Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations. She now has oversight of a number of technical and specialist areas including Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics, Forensic Services, Operational Communications, Police Prosecutions, Aviation Support, Marine Area Command, Traffic & Highway Patrol, the Police Transport Command and Public Affairs.

Deputy Commissioner Burn was awarded the Burwood Citizen of the Year while serving as the Commander in 2005. On Australia Day 2007 she was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Australia Day Honours List. In 2007 she was also awarded the International Women's Day 2007 NSW Woman of the Year - for achievement in valuing difference - Leading change for her community work, particularly with the Aboriginal community in Redfern.

In 2011 Deputy Commissioner Burn was announced as the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the year, having earlier won the NSW Award. Among many reasons, this award was in recognition of her leadership in strategic, business and commercial management across the NSW Police Force.

Deputy Commissioner Burn is also an Australia Day Ambassador. Deputy Commissioner Burn’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macquarie University, an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of New South Wales for which she received the UniversityMedal and a Masters of Management from the University of Technology. In 2013 Deputy Commissioner Burn was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Macquarie University in recognition of contributions to the NSW community. Deputy Commissioner Burn is also a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute in 2014. Additionally, in 2014, Deputy Commissioner Burn successfully completed the ANZ PLS (Police Leadership Strategy).

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