Top cop will be a fresh voice for vic­tims of crime

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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.

Main Pic­ture: MATT TURNER

SAD­NESS: Vic­tims of Crime Com­mis­sioner Michael O'Con­nell on the steps of the Supreme Court, and, in­set, his suc­ces­sor, Bron­wyn Killmier.

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