Top cop will be a fresh voice for victims of crime
SA POLICE Assistant Commissioner Bronwyn Killmier will replace longstanding Commissioner for Victims’ Rights Michael O’Connell when his term ends next month.
After 12 years in the role, Mr O’Connell was informed of the decision by a phone call from Attorney-General Vickie Chapman while he is away working in Hong Kong.
Ms Killmier, who has been a member of the police force for four decades, will resign to take on an initial five-year term from mid-July.
Mr O’Connell told The Advertiser in a statement he was “sad that I cannot continue to not only give victims a voice but also ensure their voices are heard and acknowledged”.
“Victims are no longer outsiders in our criminal justice system ... I have a legacy that I pray will endure,” he said.
Ms Killmier is currently Assistant Commissioner for State Operations Service, with responsibility for regional and remote South Australia.
“I’ve been a police officer for a very long time, so I’m slightly unshockable,” she said.
“You see horrible things happening across the state. There’s not too many victimless crimes.”
Ms Chapman said Mr O’Connell had made major improvements for victims of crime but it was “time now for a fresh start and to refocus”.
“Terrorism, child protection … even cyber security and cyber bullying, these are the new territory crimes that we have to deal with,” she said.
SADNESS: Victims of Crime Commissioner Michael O'Connell on the steps of the Supreme Court, and, inset, his successor, Bronwyn Killmier.