Commander Debra Robertson


Debra Robertson is commander in charge of Intel Covert Support Command at Victoria Police and has more than 39 years experience across operational policing and strategic projects.

In 1996, Victoria Police released its first part-time employment policy. Debra, who had just had her third child, approached her manager with a proposal to work an eight-day fortnight. Her application was rejected and Debra took her case to the Equal Opportunity Commission. This trailblazing act resulted in part-time employment being made available to all Victoria Police. Part-time employment was no longer seen as a women’s issue or a liability for policing.

Debra is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal (2015), a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has completed the AICD Board Mastery Course in 2021.  She is also a Member of the Registration Division of the Police Registration and Services Board (Victoria).

Debra holds an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety and Police Investigation, an Advanced Certificate in Management, and postgraduate qualifications in gender and policing. She served two years as the vice president of The Police Association Victoria, was director of the Police Federation Australia and received a Churchill Fellowship in 2017. Debra is also the chair of Blue Light and has held that role for the past 10 years.