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Assistant Police Commissioner joins Sentencing Advisory Council

A Queensland Police Service Assistant Commissioner has become the latest addition to the state’s independent criminal sentencing advisory executive panel.

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council has announced that the state’s Assistant Commissioner of the Security & Counter-Terrorism Command, Debbie Platz APM, has been appointed to its 10-member council.

The appointment coincides with last week’s three-year extension of the current council panel – which is headed by retired District Court judge and former Childrens Court President John Robertson.

Mr Robertson said Assistant Commissioner Platz, who previously served as the Australian Federal Police’s Assistant Commissioner for Crime Operations, was a welcome addition to the council.

“Assistant Commissioner Platz has made a considerable contribution to policing at both state and national level,” Mr Robertson said. “I have no doubt her expertise will be invaluable to Council.”

Others to have their appointments extended for three-years include QSAC Deputy Chair and Griffith University Professor Elena Marchetti, experienced criminal lawyers Debbie Kilroy, Dan Rogers and Queensland Public Prosecutor Philip McCarthy QC and community members Jo Bryant, Warren Strange and Boneta-Marie Mabo.

Legal Aid Queensland Deputy Public Defender Katarina Prskalo has had her term extended for three years and is scheduled to return to the council on 5 October 2022.

QSAC can have up to 12 independent members, who are appointed by Queensland’s Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.

Members include legal experts and community advocates with extensive experience in criminal law, domestic and family violence, victims of crime, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice issues and youth justice.

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