Outgoing WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan was farewelled at a ceremonial march today, to celebrate his 44-year policing career before he officially retires on Tuesday.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts was joined by other State dignitaries, including WA Deputy Liberal Leader Liza Harvey to formally address him as he concludes his 13-year tenure as Commissioner.
Dr O’Callaghan first joined the police force as a cadet in 1976, when he graduated as Dux of his class at the age of 17.
The longest serving Police Commissioner since World War Two, Dr O’Callaghan said one of the biggest achievements of his career was the breakthrough in the Claremont Serial Killer case late last year.
Ms Roberts said he provided strong leadership to the force and developed some important initiatives during his time as Commissioner.
“I appointed Dr O’Callaghan in 2004 as part of the Gallop Labor Government and it’s an endorsement of his ability and commitment that he has gone on to be reappointed by governments of both persuasions,” she said
“He has encouraged innovation and made police more accessible and accountable.
“On behalf of the community of WA, I sincerely thank Dr O’Callaghan for his loyal service and wish him well into the future.”
Make sure you watch our sit-down interview with Dr O’Callaghan on the Sunday Evening News at 5:30pm.