Super announcement as new chiefs appointed in QPS

Commissioner Katarina Carroll has announced the appointment of three new Chief Superintendents to the Queensland Police Service.

After an extremely competitive process the Commissioner named Steve Dabinett, Katherine Innes and Mark Wheeler as the appointees to the position of Chief Superintendent.

Chief Superintendent Dabinett was appointed to the North Brisbane District, Chief Superintendent Innes to the State Crime Command and Chief Superintendent Wheeler to the Gold Coast District.

Commissioner Carroll said all three officers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their new roles.

“I’m delighted at the appointments of Chief Superintendents Dabinett, Innes and Wheeler who will each bring their individual contributions and insights into these important leadership positions,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“I congratulate these members on behalf of the entire QPS and acknowledge the significant achievement they have reached in their careers.

“Queenslanders can be assured that these officers will serve the community with distinction in their respective policing portfolios.”

About the new Chief Superintendents

Chief Superintendent Steve Dabinett

Chief Superintendent Steve Dabinett

Chief Superintendent Dabinett commenced with the QPS in January 1981 and has 38 years of Service.

He has a broad career with police experience in both regional and metropolitan policing areas.

After seven years in general duties he was appointed as a detective in 1991 and worked in various criminal investigation branches and specialist squads, including major crime, drug and covert operations.

In 2004 he then returned to general duties policing appointed to the rank of Inspector to the Mount Isa District and later at Ethical Standards Command and then Operations Support Command.

Responsible for the Public Safety Response Team and Brisbane Dog Squad he was involved in the planning, training and a ground commander for the G20 public order response.

As an Acting Superintendent Steve transitioned Specialist Services Branch into the new QPS structure and prior to his promotion he was in the management team that transitioned Metropolitan South Region into the new South Brisbane District.

Chief Superintendent Dabinett was appointed a Commissioned Officer at the rank of Superintendent on October 26, 2015. He holds a Bachelor Degree and Masters of Public Administration.

Chief Superintendent Katherine Innes

Chief Superintendent Innes commenced with the QPS on January 25, 1992, performing a variety of operational and corporate roles over the last 27 years.

Chief Superintendent Innes obtained her Detective’s appointment in 1997 performing duties in Metropolitan Criminal Investigation Branches, Child Protection and Investigation Units and State Crime Operations Command.

In 2006 Chief Superintendent Innes was promoted to Senior Sergeant undertaking duties as an investigator within Ethical Standards Command and later staff officer at Operations Support Command, Deputy Chief Executive (Resource Management), and for the Police Commissioner.

In 2011 Chief Superintendent Innes was promoted to Detective Inspector, State Crime Operations Command before taking charge of the Security Operations Unit leading sensitive and high risk investigations and intelligence led activities involving Counter-Terrorism and matters of State and National Security.

Chief Superintendent Innes has received a number of QPS Awards for Excellence in relation to policing initiatives including a 2015 Gold award for the “Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre”.

Chief Superintendent Innes was promoted to the rank of Superintendent on May 25, 2015.

Chief Superintendent Innes holds undergraduate degrees in education and teaching, investigations, security and management, a Masters in Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Human Resources.

Chief Superintendent Katherine Innes

Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler

Chief Superintendent Wheeler commenced with the QPS on July 6, 1992 and has performed duty across the State in regional and remote areas such as Cairns, Toowoomba, Charleville, Whitsunday, Aurukun, Pormpuraaw and Yarrabah in operational and Officer in Charge roles.

As a Commissioned officer, Chief Superintendent Wheeler has served in a number of roles in Police Headquarters and Darling Downs and in January 2011 was seconded back to the Southern Region as an Operations Commander for the Lockyer Valley flood disaster in which some 25 lives were lost.

Chief Superintendent Wheeler’s most recent role has been, Commissioner’s Chief of Staff, Queensland Police Service.

Chief Superintendent Wheeler holds tertiary qualifications including a Master of Management, through the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management through the Australian Institute of Police Management, Manly NSW.

Chief Superintendent Wheeler

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