In another surprising piece of news that has floated our way, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has announced his retirement.
The 58-year-old Commissioner was set to retire at the end of the year however he has pushed it forward, revealing his plan to end his ten-year tenure in the job this coming April.
Speaking on the Commissioner’s career, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “Our State has some of the lowest crime rates in the nation, and that is a credit to the hard work and dedication of Commissioner Scipione and the more than 16,000 police officers in NSW.”
“I thank Commissioner Scipione for his outstanding service to the people of NSW and I am certain that his legacy will live on in the NSW Police Force.”
The Police Minister Troy Grant also had some niceties to state about Scipione, saying “while today is not goodbye, it is a chance to reflect on just how crucial this role is in ensuring that we continue to have the best police force in the country”.
The Commissioner had a less than appealing response with the youth of Sydney, however, particularly when he made mention that “lockout laws should be permanent“. Not on, Andrew.
There is no replacement for Scipione as of yet, instead the position will be filled based on merit, with candidates being assessed by an independent selection panel and with Cabinet approval.