Liberals welcome appointment of SA’s first female Deputy Police Commissioner


The State Liberals have welcomed the appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner Linda Williams, South Australia's first female Deputy Police Commissioner.

"Ms Williams has an exceptional record as a police officer and I am sure she will make a terrific contribution in this new role," said Shadow Police Minister John Gardner.

"Since 2010, she has been the Chief Superintendent of the Ethical and Professional Standards Branch before becoming South Australia's Assistant Commissioner of the Operations Support Service in 2012.

"This year we celebrate 100 years of women in the SA police force.

"SA Police was the first police force in the Commonwealth to have female police appointed with the same pay and powers as men, with Kate Cocks and Annie Ross commencing their work on 1 December 1915.

"We are confident Ms Williams will distinguish herself in the tradition both of those trailblazing officers, and indeed of recent distinguished Deputy Commissioners, Gary Burns and Grant Stevens.

"On behalf of the State Liberal team, I congratulate Ms Williams on her promotion to Deputy Commissioner and the Opposition looks forward to working with her in the years ahead."