Former Bourke police boss gets Queen’s Birthday honour


Former Bourke Inspector and Western Region Commander – Asst Commissioner Brett Greentree. Photo contributed

Ten NSW Police Force officers have been awarded Australian Police Medals (APM) in recognition of their dedication and service as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours, including Western Region Commander, Brett Greentree.

Assistant Commissioner Brett Greentree joined the NSW Police Force in 1995, with his first posting at Manly Police Station and later the City of Sydney Patrol.

In 1997, he transferred to Moree, where he built an outstanding reputation in rural and regional community policing and criminal investigation.

As a detective in October 2002, he performed criminal investigation and child protection duties at Moree and Inverell, before his promotion to the rank of sergeant and transfer to Tingha Police Station in 2003, then Tweed Heads in 2004.

In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of inspector at Bourke, and in 2012 to superintendent, as the Staff Officer to the Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Operations. He has since served as the Commander at Lake Macquarie, Newcastle City and Brisbane Water Police Districts.

Assistant Commissioner Greentree received a commendation in 2010 for dedication and commitment to Aboriginal issues, and for his work as the NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Customer Service 2013-17. As the Corporate Sponsor, he made substantial changes across the organisation including the introduction of the Community Awareness of Policing Program and implementing victim follow-up recording mechanisms.

In 2020, he led policing responses to two of the largest protests outside Sydney. His calm and confident liaison with the organisers resulted in significant cooperation with police, while balancing the right to democratic freedom within the relevant COVID restrictions.

In July 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner, taking command of Western Region. He remains committed to the advancement of Aboriginal community issues.


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