Ipswich district officer promoted to chief superintendent
THE WOMAN leading the Ipswich Police District has been named as one of three Queensland chief superintendents.
After an extremely competitive process, the Commissioner named Steve Dabinett, Katherine Innes and Mark Wheeler as the appointees to the position of chief superintendent.
Commissioner Katarina Carroll said all three officers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their new roles.
"I'm delighted at the appointments of Chief Superintendents Dabinett, Innes and Wheeler who will each bring their individual contributions and insights into these important leadership positions," Commissioner Carroll said.
Chief Superintendent Katherine Innes took up the role as Ipswich District Officer 12 months ago.
Her policing career began on January 25, 1992, performing a variety of operational and corporate roles over the past 27 years.
She obtained her detective's appointment in 1997, performing duties in metropolitan criminal investigation branches, child protection and investigation units and state crime operations command.
In 2006, Chief Superintendent Innes was promoted to senior sergeant, undertaking duties as an investigator within Ethical Standards Command and later staff officer at Operations Support Command, Deputy Chief Executive (Resource Management), and for the Police Commissioner.
In 2011, Chief Superintendent Innes was promoted to Detective Inspector, State Crime Operations Command before taking charge of the Security Operations Unit leading sensitive and high risk investigations and intelligence led activities involving counter-terrorism and matters of state and national security.
She has received a number of QPS Awards for Excellence in relation to policing initiatives including a 2015 Gold award for the "Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre".
She was promoted to the rank of superintendent on May 25, 2015.
Chief Superintendent Innes holds undergraduate degrees in education and teaching, investigations, security and management, a masters in business administration and graduate certificate in human resources.
During her time in Ipswich, Chief Superintendent Innes has been forward planning to ensure police resources would be able to keep up with Ipswich's population growth over the coming years.
She's also implemented a range of strategies in crime prevention and improving youth crime.
"I congratulate these members on behalf of the entire QPS and acknowledge the significant achievement they have reached in their careers," Commissioner Carroll said.
"Queenslanders can be assured that these officers will serve the community with distinction in their respective policing portfolios."
It's yet to be announced who will take over the job as the Ipswich District Officer.