1 April 2024

AFP Deputy Commissioner Scott Lee confirmed as ACT Policing's new Chief Police Officer

| Claire Fenwicke
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Deputy Commissioner Scott Lee

Deputy Commissioner Scott Lee is ACT Policing’s new Chief Police Officer. Photo: Supplied.

Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Scott Lee has officially been appointed to the position of Canberra’s top cop.

Governor-General David Hurley approved his appointment to Chief Police Officer of ACT Policing on 28 March.

Deputy Commissioner Lee has been the force’s interim CPO since Neil Gaughan’s retirement earlier this month.

AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw described CPO Lee as experienced, dedicated and determined to protect the Canberra community.

“Deputy Commissioner Lee is well-respected throughout the policing community in Australia and across the world,” he said.

“Residents of the ACT can be assured that Chief Police Officer Lee will work tirelessly to keep them safe.”

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CPO Lee was previously Assistant Commissioner Cyber Command, and has also been in the roles of Assistant Commissioner Specialist Protective Command, Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism and Special Investigations, and Assistant Commissioner International Operations.

During his 38-year career with the AFP he also established the organisation’s First Nations Unit and the global Women in Counter Terrorism Program.

“He has been recognised for his leadership and distinguished contribution to the AFP by being awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014, National Police Service Medal in 2000 and a Commissioner’s Commendation for Excellence in Overseas Service for his role in the AFP’s response to the Bali Bombings and for his time as the AFP Senior Officer in Bangkok, Thailand,” Commissioner Kershaw noted.

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CPO Lee will be responsible for the 900-plus members of ACT Policing.

Policing and Crime Prevention Minister Mick Gentleman welcomed CPO Lee into the role.

“Scott is a decorated officer who brings to the role immense experience, having led the AFP’s Specialist Protective Command, Counter Terrorism and Special Investigations, and International Operations,” he said.

“We look to working with Scott to continue ACT Policing’s exceptional record of keeping the Canberra community safe.”

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Capital Retro5:57 pm 01 Apr 24

“Residents of the ACT can be assured that Chief Police Officer Lee will work tirelessly to keep them safe.”

Well, he obviously wasn’t the person I spoke with when I phoned the ACT police this afternoon after a close shave with an idiot driving a large 4WD at high speed along the footpath behind me which he was using to avoid a speed hump (traffic calming device? ha ha).

ACT police don’t regard this a crime apparently. Usual response is “we don’t have resources” or “try crime stoppers”.

Heywood Smith2:46 pm 02 Apr 24

Did you have dashcam footage? They are happy to take it especially if it can identify the rego. If not, its literally just your word, and the offending driver could just deny it.

Capital Retro10:55 am 03 Apr 24

I was walking at the time. My car dashcam was stolen two weeks ago by the way.

When I phoned the “local” police assistance number I spoke to someone in Adelaide.

When will ACT policing get a younger, dynamic, forward looking CPO instead of the ‘pre-retirement gifts’ we currently inherit from the AFP? The ACT CPO role should be a key stepping stone for advancement in the national policing organisation, not a three-year long retirement function.

Perhaps when there is a younger dynamic forward looking CPO with sufficient experience and wisdom to do the job and effectively manage all the other police-persons.

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