She will be the state’s first woman to take on the role and will replace outgoing Commissioner Mick Fuller.
Ms Webb has more than 34 years of community service as a member of the NSW Police Force.
“Karen has served our state every 30 years and has kept communities safe across NSW with absolute distinction,” Mr Perrottet said today.
Ms Webb served for four years as Assistant Commissioner for Police Transport and Public Safety Command and most recently as Deputy Commissioner for Corporate Services.
Sir. Perrottet said her service, especially during the pandemic and forest fires, should be commended.
“The entire senior team in the police force has played a very important role in keeping our communities safe, in ensuring social cohesion … but also during the bushfires, the devastating bushfires and the role she has played in that time,” he added. . .
Police Secretary David Elliott congratulated Mrs Webb on her appointment.
“Deputy Commissioner Webb will build on the successes of the last decade and bring continued unity and a new perspective to the oldest and largest force in the nation,” Mr Elliott said.
Ms Webb said it was a “great honor and a privilege” to be elected as the new Police Commissioner.
She thanked Mr Fuller for his “management and leadership” of the police along with the foundation he laid, but she said it was time for a new leader.
“It’s now time for a new leader and a new direction,” she said.
The incoming commissioner said she will focus on reintegrating into society.
Mrs Webb also swore that after the pandemic, the police would return to a more “traditional role”.
“We will focus on victims of crime – victims of child abuse, victims of abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence,” she said.
She also said that there will be a “zero tolerance” approach under her leadership and that the police will be tough on criminals.
The Prime Minister and the Minister of Police both paid tribute to the outgoing Commissioner Fuller.
“In his time as our Commissioner, Mick Fuller has faced the challenges of unprecedented natural disasters, a continuing high level of threat from terrorist organizations, an experiential growth in cybercrime and a once-a-century pandemic,” Perrottet said.
“I know I am speaking on behalf of the community and acknowledge a grateful debt to Commissioner Fuller and his family for the exemplary service he has rendered to our state,” Mr Elliott said.
Sir. Fuller said in a statement that he was “incredibly pleased” with Mrs Webb’s appointment as Commissioner.
“The future of the NSW Police Force – and its 22,000 employees – is in good hands.”
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