Assistant Commissioner Paul Pisanos among candidates for senior role at NSW Police

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A major restructure of NSW Police is underway with the vacancy of two deputy commissioner roles following the promotion of Karen Webb to Commissioner and sudden sacking of Mick Willing.

According to police sources who spoke to The Daily Telegraph, current Assistant Commissioner Leanne McCusker is an unbackable favourite to fill one deputy spot, while Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar is predicted to take the role left open by Mr Willing’s departure.

But there may yet be another position opening up in the coming months, with detective Dave Hudson expected to retire before the end of the year.

Among the top candidates for promotion to this role are Assistant Commissioner Paul Pisanos, who has filled in at deputy commissioner level previously, as well as Assistant Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald, the Commander of Forensic Services, and Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell, the boss of Central Metropolitan Region.

Paul Pisanos. Photo: Craig Wilson.

Assistant Commissioner Pisanos has a strong chance of being selected for the role. In 2018, he received the Australian Police Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He has launched a number of youth programs credited with reducing youth crime and placing disadvantaged young people with private businesses, providing work experience for possible future full-time employment.

He has also dedicated his career to reducing violence, fear and crime ever since he entered the force as a constable in 1988.

Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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