Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn joined the NSW Police Force in 1984. Her career has covered all areas across the NSW Police Force including general duties, detectives, specialist and corporate areas.
From 2002 - 2006 Deputy Commissioner Burn spent several years as a Local Area Commander at Burwood, City Central and Redfern. Following this she was appointed as Assistant Commissioner, Professional Standards Command overseeing internal investigations within the NSWPF and ensuring the highest standards of integrity were maintained. She then commanded the Central Metropolitan Region for two years and also performed the role as Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller for the state of NSW.
In July 2010 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services with responsibility for managing a $2.7 billion budget and driving the development and implementation of corporate service strategies.
Deputy Commissioner Burn was appointed as Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations in October 2012. She now has oversight of a number of technical and specialist areas including Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics, Operational Communications, Police Prosecutions, Aviation Support, Marine Area Command and the State Crime Command which includes organised and serious crime investigation across NSW.
Deputy Commissioner Burn has received a number of awards including the Australian Police Medal in 2007. In 2011 Deputy Commissioner Burn was announced as the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the year, having earlier won the NSW Award. Among many reasons, this award was in recognition of her leadership in strategic, business and commercial management across the NSW Police Force.
Deputy Commissioner Burn’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macquarie University, an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of New South Wales for which she received the University Medal and a Masters of Management from the University of Technology.