Debbie Platz is an Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner, responsible for the Crime Operations portfolio. Crime Operations provides a national responsive investigative capacity across a broad range of crime types including, but not limited to, sensitive investigations, crimes against humanity, offshore investigations including crimes at sea and harming Australians, environmental crime, telecommunications and postal crime and family law.
In addition, the Crime Operations portfolio is responsible for Victim Based Crime, which aims to reduce the incidence and impact of Commonwealth crimes against the person. The portfolio focuses on Child Exploitation, Human Trafficking, and People Smuggling, as well as matters in which Australian citizens are killed, harmed or missing overseas.
As of the 1st of March 2018 AC Debbie Platz also became responsible for the AFP’s Cybercrime Operations, which responds to significant criminal cyber activity such as unauthorised access, modification or impairment of information systems of national significance including critical infrastructure, government services, major financial institutions and transport and distribution industries.
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 Business Administration (University of the Sunshine Coast), a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary/VET) (University of the Sunshine Coast) and a Masters of Studies (Applied Criminology) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
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