Debbie Platz

Debbie Platz joined the Australian Federal Police as an Assistant Commissioner in February 2017 and is currently National Manager of the Crime Operations portfolio. Crime Operations provides a law enforcement investigative response to a diverse range of complex crime types, including sensitive investigations, cybercrime human trafficking and people smuggling. Additionally, Debbie is also responsible for child protection which includes the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE). The ACCCE is a national capability which will enhance collaboration and coordination of Australia’s law enforcement agencies to prevent, prepare, pursue and protect children from exploitation by bringing together resources from Commonwealth agencies, state and territory police, private sector and academia.

Prior to joining the Australian Federal Police, Debbie enjoyed a 30 year career with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), commencing when she was sworn in on 27 September 1985. Between 2000 and 2014, Debbie was heavily involved in the performance review of QPS, an internal review of Information Communications and Technology and the 2011 Flood Crisis Review Group.  Debbie also worked as the Chief of Staff to the Queensland Police Commissioner and was later in charge of the training and development of police, managing two police academies, a leadership centre, recruitment, workplace safety and wellbeing.

Debbie has a Masters of Studies (Applied Criminology) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Masters of Business Administration from the University of the Sunshine Coast; and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary/VET) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Why evidence based policing is important to me.

Like many things, policing has changed over the past few decades and continues to move from the complicated provision of service to our communities to a more complex environment where public expectations of service are high and resources becoming ever more finite. We also face the challenge of making the most effective and efficient use of our resources, whilst improving legitimacy with the public in a time where serious national and international events are a cause of grave concern for everyone. We are faced with a decision- do we continue to tread a path where our strategies and operational activities remain untested? Or, do we carefully navigate a different path where we combine professional expertise with evidence based decision making? This to me is the essence of evidence based policing – how do we protect and serve our communities in the best, most efficient way possible.