Bob Atkinson (police officer)

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Commissioner
Bob Atkinson
AO APM
Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service
In office
November 2000 (2000-11) – October 2012 (2012-10)
Preceded by James Patrick O'Sullivan
Succeeded by Ian Duncan Hunter Stewart
Royal Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Assumed office
2013
Serving with Peter McClellan, Jennifer Coate, Robert Fitzgerald, Helen Milroy, Andrew Murray
Nominated by Julia Gillard
Appointed by Quentin Bryce
Personal details
Born Robert Atkinson
Alma mater Charles Sturt University;
FBI National Academy
Profession Police officer

Robert 'Bob' Atkinson, AO APM was the Queensland Police Commissioner from 2000 until his retirement in 2012. In 2013 Atkinson was appointed one of six Royal Commissioners to the Australian Government Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.[1]

Career[edit]

Atkinson was sworn in as constable on 30 October 1968 and began a 44-year career with the Queensland Police Service where he performed a wide range of operational and managerial roles. In his career with the Queensland Police Service, he served throughout Queensland from Goondiwindi to Cairns. He was a detective for approximately 20 years and acted as the police prosecutor in various Magistrates Courts during this period. Atkinson oversaw reforms after the Fitzgerald inquiry from 1990 and following the Public Sector Management Commission Review and Report Recommendations of the Queensland Police Service in 1993.[2]

In 1989 he attended the three-month FBI National Academy Course at Quantico, Virginia, in the United States. He again attended the FBI Academy during 2002 for the National Executive Institute Program. Atkinson graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Graduate Certificate in Police Management; he has also completed the Police Executive Leadership Programme at the Australian Institute of Police Management in addition to studies undertaken at the FBI National Academy. He has been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Griffith University.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

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Honours and awards Date awarded Citation
OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 26 January 2013 For distinguished service to policing and to the community of Queensland, through leadership in law enforcement, community and cultural engagement, improved service delivery and contributions to professional development.[3]
APM Australia ribbon.png Australian Police Medal (APM) 12 June 1995 [4]
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NPSM Ribbon.jpg National Police Service Medal
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal 1 January 2001 For distinguished service to the public sector.[5]
National Medal with Rosette x 2.png National Medal & 2 Bars 29 March 1985 National Medal[6]
2 December 1994 National Medal - 1st Bar[7]
2004 National Medal - 2nd Bar; totalling 35–44 years service
2010-2011 Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation device.jpg 2010-2011 Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation Queensland

Atkinson has also been awarded the Queensland Police Service Medal.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Letters Patent". Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Commonwealth of Australia. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Commissioner Bob Atkinson AO APM". Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Commonwealth of Australia. 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Search Australian Honours: ATKINSON, Robert: Officer of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Search Australian Honours: ATKINSON, Robert: Australian Police Medal". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 12 June 1995. 
  5. ^ "Search Australian Honours: ATKINSON, Robert: Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 1 January 2001. 
  6. ^ "Search Australian Honours: ATKINSON, Robert: National Medal". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 29 March 1985. 
  7. ^ "Search Australian Honours: ATKINSON, Robert: National Medal - 1st Clasp". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 2 December 1994. 

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