Christine Nixon OAM

Christine Nixon became the first woman Chief Commissioner of police in 2001.

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Christine Nixon began in the police force in 1972 as a trainee. She has worked in the School Lecturing Section of the Criminal Investigation Branch, the Darlinghurst Police Station, the Commissioner's Policy Unit, the Police and Planning Branch and the Police Academy. Christine studied at Harvard University and undertook a secondment with the London Metropolitan Police. She has a Diploma in Labour Relations and Law, a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Politics) and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard.

In 1994, she was appointed Executive Director, Human Resources and Development. As an Assistant Commissioner she was responsible for police and civilian personal matters, industrial relations, employee welfare and resource management. Christine was also in charge of recruitment, education and training. She was the Region Commander of the South Eastern Region, incorporating Wollongong, Lake Illawarra, Shoalhaven and the Far South Coast.

In March 2001, Christine was named Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Police, taking over from Neil Comrie. She took up the job on 23 April 2001. The New South Wales Police Commissioner, Peter Ryan, said, "This is a compliment to Commander Nixon's skills and abilities…she has been an exceptional leader of the South Eastern Region since May 1999, and has had broad experience of policing. She has achieved a great deal in the areas of her additional responsibilities, including community safety, targeting the aged, Neighbourhood Watch and Safety House".

Christine has also been a mentor and supporter of young policewomen. She is the inaugural President of the Australasian Council of Women and Policing.