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Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for Police Liza Harvey

Police Commissioner’s Contract Renewed

Victor P Taffa

  • Karl O’Callaghan’s contract extended for further three years

Premier Colin Barnett today announced State Cabinet had approved a three-year extension to WA Police Commissioner, Karl O’Callaghan’s contract.

Mr. O’Callaghan’s previous term of employment was due to expire this week.

“Commissioner O’Callaghan has been an asset to WA Police over the past eight years and he has my full support in that role.” Premier Barnett said.

The reappointment follows the release of two Corruption and Crime Commission reports that cleared Mr. O’Callaghan of allegations of misconduct regarding his credit card use and travel expenditure; and allegations of misconduct with regard to the Perth Hills bushfires last year.

It also follows an assessment by Public Sector Commissioner Mal Wauchope that the CCC reports contained nothing to preclude Mr. O’Callaghan’s reappointment.

“I am very glad that any impediments to Mr. O’Callaghan’s reappointment have been dismissed after a thorough examination by the CCC. Mr. O’Callaghan and I both look forward to him now being able to get on with the job of keeping the Western Australian community safe.”

“Mr. O’Callaghan has brought dedication and intellectual rigour to the role of Police Commissioner and made a tangible difference to Policing in WA, including putting in place the ‘Frontline First’ policy to get more Police officers out from behind desks and into the community.”

WA Minister for Police Liza Harvey

WA Minister for Police Liza Harvey










Police Minister Liza Harvey said she looked forward to continuing to work with Mr. O’Callaghan. 

Fact File

  • Mr. O’Callaghan was educated at Kalamunda SHS and joined WA Police at 17
  • Was the State’s first PhD-qualified Police officer
  • Originally appointed by the Gallop Government in June 2004
  • Contract extended by five years in 2007
  • Mr. O’Callaghan’s contract will run to August 15, 2015

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