Catherine Burn

Deputy Commissioner APM

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn is a career police officer having joined the Police Force at the age of 19. Her career has covered all areas across the NSW Police Force including general duties, detectives, homicide, major crime, internal affairs, counter terrorism and corporate areas.

From 2002 – 2006 Deputy Commissioner Burn was a Local Area Commander at Burwood, City Central and Redfern before being promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Professional Standards Command. Following this, DeputyCommissioner Burn commanded the Central Metropolitan Region.

In July 2010 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services with responsibility for managing a $2.7 billion budget and the development and implementation of corporate service strategies.

In October 2012 Deputy Commissioner Burn was appointed Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations where she had oversight of a number of technical and specialist areas including Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics, Forensic Services, Operational Communications, Police
Prosecutions, Aviation Support, Marine Area Command, Traffic & Highway Patrol, the Police Transport Command and Public Affairs. She was also the NSW law enforcement representative on the Australian New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee.

In March 2017 she was appointed Deputy Commissioner Specialist Support and has added the role of State Emergency Operations Controller and Major Events and Planning to her portfolio. Deputy Commissioner Burn has been awarded many accolades including the Burwood Citizen of the Year in 2005, the Australian Police Medal in the Australia Day Honours List in 2007 as well as the International Women’s Day 2007 NSW Woman of the Year for achievement in valuing difference and leading change for her community work, particularly with the Aboriginal community in Redfern.

In 2011 Deputy Commissioner Burn was announced as the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the year in recognition of her leadership in strategic, business and commercial management across the NSW Police Force.

In 2013 she was honoured with a Doctor of Letters, Macquarie University in recognition of contributions to the NSW community and in 2014 completed the FBI National Executive Institute program.

In 2016 Deputy Commissioner Burn was awarded the UNSW Alumni Award for Social Impact and Public Policy. Deputy Commissioner Burn is also an Australia Day Ambassador.