Tele/ The Snitch: A/C Leanne McCusker

AND ABOUT TIME

It’s as exciting as it is sobering that in this day and age we can still use the phrase “first time ever” when referring to a female appointment.

But here we are.

Assistant Commissioner Leanne McCusker has taken over as the NSW Police Force’s domestic and family violence spokesman — the first female in that role.

Leanne McCusker (right) with Inspector Gretchin Atkins. Picture; Sam Ruttyn

Leanne McCusker (right) with Inspector Gretchin Atkins. Picture; Sam Ruttyn

Ms McCusker, who cut her teeth as a detective in the eastern suburbs in the 1990s before ascending to crime manager status at Redfern, is already making a mark with advocacy groups. “She was quite impressive,” one chief executive remarked.

The corporate spokesman roles were created under former Commissioner Andrew Scipione’s leadership, and the domestic and family violence portfolio is one of the most high profile.

It was Mick Fuller’s baby before he was appointed to the top job in 2017.

Ms McCusker, one of a handful of women in the force’s upper echelons, takes over from Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones.

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