The Premier, Mike Baird and the Deputy Premier and Minister for Police, Troy Grant announced that the NSW Government has approved an extension to NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione's contract for two years.
The extension will allow the Government time to work with the NSW Police Force, to find the best replacement for Commissioner Scipione at the end of his term.
Police Commissioner Scipione joined the NSW Police Force in 1980 and this year is his eighth year in the top job.
The Premier, Mike Baird said "...Commissioner Scipione has the experience and has led this State through some of our darkest days.
“I’m sure the community and the NSW Police Force will welcome this extension, which will facilitate the transition to a new commissioner.”
“This offer is a tremendous privilege. It’s an offer I took very seriously and that involved a discussion with my wife and family." the Police Commissioner said.
“I have accepted this extension because there are some challenges and opportunities for our State and law enforcement in particular.
“I know we have the men and women in our organisation who are up to the task. Giving them the greatest capacity to do their best is extremely important for me and for the community of this State. That’s my belief and that’s why I have agreed.”