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Karen Webb is the new Police Commissioner of NSW after Mick Fuller resigned

A new top officer has been appointed in NSW, ending a race to replace outgoing Commissioner Mick Fuller.

Karen Webb has been announced as NSW’s new Police Commissioner.

Her appointment comes months after Mick Fuller revealed he would retire from the top job.

Sir. Fuller, 53, took over the reins from Andrew Scipione in 2017.

Sir. Fuller’s five-year contract expires in April next year, and he has previously announced he would not extend his contract, leading to a race to replace him.

Mrs Webb, Deputy Commissioner for Business Services, will be the first woman to hold the top job.

She joined the NSW Police Force in 1987 as an officer at Castle Hill Station in Sydney.

She worked at a unit that prevented child abuse, the Drug Enforcement Agency and with police commands in Lismore and western Sydney before being promoted to head of the Traffic and Motorway Patrol in 2020.

Mrs Webb was promoted from Deputy Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner in July this year.

Sir. Fuller began as a politician in Kogarah in 1987 and has worked in the force for more than three decades, helping to lead the state’s Covid response.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced on Wednesday.

“I believe Deputy Commissioner Webb has the honesty, integrity and willingness to lead the NSW Police during this challenging time,” he told reporters at Parliament House.

“It plays an important role, not only in leading the 17,000 members of the NSW Police Force, but, what is important, ensuring the safety of the eight million people in NSW.

“She wants to do a very, very good job.

Ms Webb said she would take a “zero-tolerance” stance on crime.

“One of my main focus will be on victims of crime,” she said.

“Especially the victims who need our support saw victims of child abuse, victims of abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence.

“However, it is important that zero tolerance is and I will be tough on criminals and hold criminals accountable.”

Police Secretary David Elliott said it was a “very exciting day for the police family”, but he was sad to see Mr Fuller go.

“He inherited a police force with significant challenges,” Mr Elliott said.

“And as with osmosis, many of these challenges were resolved, bringing it into a very, very effective law enforcement body, which honestly is now respected around the world.”

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