Commissioner Katarina Carroll has announced the appointment of Debbie Platz as an assistant commissioner of the Queensland Police Service.
Commissioner Katarina Carroll has announced the appointment of Debbie Platz as an assistant commissioner of the Queensland Police Service.

Coast top cop's new role

The Coast's own top cop has returned to the Queensland Police Service after she was appointed Assistant Commissioner.

Debbie Platz started with Queensland police in 1985 when she was 20 and spent 22 years of her career here on the Sunshine Coast.

Ms Platz resigned from her Acting Assistant Commissioner role with the service in 2017 to take on a new Canberra-based role as an Assistant Commissioner with the Australian Federal Police.

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Assistant Commissioner Platz had been appointed national manager of crime operations.

In 2016, Ms Platz was recognised with the International Association of Women Police's Officer of the Year award.

The Coast-based specialist in crime operations was then recognised in 2019 for her dedication to protecting and caring for the community, and her passion for diversity and inclusion, when she won the Telstra Australian Business Women's Public Sector and Academia Award.

Former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz. Photo: Glenn Hunt / The Australian
Former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz. Photo: Glenn Hunt / The Australian

The Assistant Commissioner has long been driving a transformation of the culture within the police force.

She worked in general duties, child protection, prosecutions and as a staff officer to the Assistant Commissioner during her years on the Coast.