Katarina Carroll has been the Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service since July 2019. She is the first female commissioner of QPS and was formerly the Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services from August 2015 until July 2019. Commissioner Carroll also chairs the QFES Board and is on the Board of the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA). She is also on the Board of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC), is a member of the AFAC Commissioners and Chief Officers Strategic Committee (CCOSC), and is on the QUT School of Justice Advisory Panel.She is a member of the Australian and AFAC Male Champions of Change, which works to advance gender equity, inclusive cultures and achieve significant and sustainable improvements in the representation of women among a paid and volunteer workforce of more than 280,000 people.
Commissioner Carroll is also a member of several federal and state government committees including the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC), the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management – Senior Official Group (MCPEM SOG), the National Risk Reduction Steering Committee and the Queensland Disaster Management Committee.
Previously, Ms Carroll was an Assistant Commissioner with the Queensland Police Service. After joining the Queensland Police Service in 1983 she worked in various roles including detective work, a Commission of Inquiry, Criminal Investigation Branches, the Joint Organised Crime Task Force and the Covert Unit. Later, she undertook several senior roles throughout Queensland and in 2012 she planned and was the Operations Commander for G20, Australia’s largest peacetime security operation.
Commissioner Carroll received the inaugural Griffith University Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2018 and in 2015 won the national Telstra Business Women’s Award for Government and Academia. In that same year, she was named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’. The Commissioner has achieved numerous international, national and state awards, including the Australian Police Medal.
Commissioner Carroll has several tertiary qualifications including; an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Degree in Criminology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. She has been the recipient of two scholarships – Sir Vincent Fairfax Scholarship in Ethical Leadership and Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship, Kennedy Business School, Harvard.
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