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2 — GEOFF MCKECHNIE

Assistant NSW Police Commissioner and Western Region Commander Geoff McKechnie.

Assistant NSW Police Commissioner and Western Region Commander Geoff McKechnie.

After starting out his policing career as a probationary constable at Gilgandra in 1988, Assistant NSW Police Commissioner Geoff McKechnie worked his way up to become Superintendent of the Canobolas, Tuggerah Lakes and Brisbane Waters area commands between 2003 and 2012.

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie returned to the bush in 2012 to take up the Dubbo-based Western Region Commander role he currently holds.

The region Assistant Commissioner McKechnie is responsible for what amounts to a geographical area which covers 75 per cent of NSW and includes seven police districts and 119 police stations.

During his distinguished career, Assistant Commissioner McKechnie has overseen the implementation of the Rural Crime Prevention Team in NSW and been heavily involved in efforts to engage Aboriginal communities out west. He has also been awarded the NSW Premier Emergency Award, the Australian Police Medal and National Police Service Medal.

Currently, Assistant Commissioner McKechnie is working to keep NSW safe as Commander of Operation coronavirus 2020, a role which sees him responsible for the hotel quarantine of returning travellers to NSW.

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