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On the Couch CE Series with Commissioner Gary Burns

Commissioner Burns joined the South Australia Police in 1972 and upon graduation served in uniform patrols, country locations and STAR Group, where he ultimately became Officer in Charge. He was appointed as Commissioner of Police, South Australia in July 2012.

Commissioner Burns will be informally interviewed by Dr Campbell Gemmell, Chief Executive, Environment Protection Authority. Don’t miss hearing about Commissioner Burns intriguing story; his career path, aspirations and what he sees as his priorities in his current role, including one of the Seven Cabinet Priorities of Government: Safe Communities, Healthy Neighbourhoods.


 
   
   

Gary Burns BM, APM, Commissioner of Police, South Australia

Commissioner Burns joined the South Australia Police in 1972 and upon graduation served in uniform patrols, country locations and STAR Group, where he ultimately became Officer in Charge.

Commissioner Burns was promoted to Inspector in 1991 and joined the Senior Executive Group in 2000. He served as the Assistant Commissioner in Operations Support Service; Human Resources Service; Southern Operations Service and Northern Operations Service.

In 1998, Commissioner Burns visited the United States of America and Canada and undertook research associated with projects being conducted by Focus 21 and STAR Group. Among others, he visited the New York Police Department, the FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Commissioner Burns was project team leader at Focus 21, and upon conclusion of Focus 21 in June 2000, he was appointed Assistant Commissioner.

In 2001, Commissioner Burns undertook a 3 month exchange program with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which provided opportunities to examine a range of topics that were relevant to strategy, change programs and improved levels of service delivery.

In 2003, Commissioner Burns was seconded to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the Security and Emergency Management Office for a period of 12 months. There he implemented a number of whole-of-government counter terrorism, security and emergency management reviews.

He is a recipient of the Australian Bravery Medal and Australian Police Medal.

He was appointed to Deputy Commissioner in April 2007, with primary responsibilities of assisting the Commissioner of Police in managing and providing strategic leadership to SAPOL, introducing necessary change and reform and managing statewide police activities and operations. Nationally he was a member of the National Counter Terrorism Committee.

Deputy Burns was appointed as Commissioner of Police, South Australia on 21 July 2012.

At a national level, Commissioner Burns is a member of the Board of Management for the Australian Crime Commission; CrimTrac; Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Authority; and National Common Police Services comprising National Institute of Forensic Science; National Crime Statistics Unit; and Australian Institute of Police Management. He is also a member of the Australia New Zealand Police Commissioners Forum.

   
 

Dr Campbell Gemmell, Chief Executive, Environment Protection Authority

Before taking up the position in January 2012, Dr Gemmell was Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), for 9 years.

In his earlier career, he worked in the fields of economic development and environmental consultancy.

During the 1980s he held a post-doctoral research lectureship at Christ Church, Oxford and was involved in a range of scientific expeditions and field studies in Alaska, Iceland, Kenya, Norway and Switzerland.

In the 1990s Dr Gemmell ran the UK's largest community forestry organisation, was Chairman of Landwise, and a member of Scottish Ministerial groups dealing with Forestry for People, Rural Focus and Sustainable Development.

He was a member of Scotland's Government Resilience and Emergency Planning Bodies for 10 years, and up to the end of 2011 led Scotland's Environment and Rural Services (SEARS) frontline delivery process, designing and implementing reform of rural delivery service by 9 public bodies for the previous 5 years.

Dr Gemmell has a first-class honours degree in Geography and a PhD in Glaciology from Aberdeen University. Since 2007 he has been Professor of Environmental Regulation and Policy at Glasgow University.

He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a former Member of Court (governing body) at Stirling University.

Since arriving in South Australia, Campbell has joined the Senior Officials Committee for SCEW, been a member of the Vibrant City Senior Officers Group, and has led a Change Program to enhance the performance and capability of the EPA, working with government, industry and community partners.