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Director (Chief Executive)

Chris Dawson APM

Chris Dawson APM

Chris Dawson APM was appointed the Interim Director of the AIC on 13 July 2015. He is also the
Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Crime Commission, a role he commenced in April 2014.

Prior to his appointment as the ACC CEO he held the rank of Deputy Commissioner of the Western Australian Police. During his extensive law enforcement career he served in country and metropolitan positions, and as Deputy Commissioner, had total responsibility for specialist portfolios of serious and organised crime, counter terrorism and state protection.

In 2011 Chris was State Commander for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where he was responsible for the security of all attending Heads of State from 53 Commonwealth countries and their respective other senior ministers and delegates.

After his appointment as Deputy Commissioner in July 2004, Mr Dawson led the agency reforms following the Royal Commission into Western Australia Police. From May 2008 he had overall management of all operational policing within metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia, the world’s largest single police jurisdiction (more than 2.5 million square kilometres).

Mr Dawson holds a Graduate Certificate in Police Management, a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Diploma in Policing. Mr Dawson was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service in the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.