Wal­lace walk all the talk of cops

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

IT has been de­scribed as fake news but talk is rife in NSW Po­lice ranks that one of the state’s most se­nior and recog­nised fe­male de­tec­tives is lin­ing up her re­tire­ment.

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Deb Wal­lace has led a cel­e­brated 34-year ca­reer in the cops, from a fresh-faced con­sta­ble on the Anita Cobby mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion to smash­ing the Broth­ers for Life gang as the head of the Mid­dle East­ern Or­gan­ised Crime Squad.

Ms Wal­lace de­nied she was look­ing to re­tire next year when con­tacted on Fri­day.

But that is in di­rect con­trast to the NSW Po­lice ru­mour mill, which has been in over­drive on the is­sue and tipped the de­par­ture to oc­cur in the next 18 months.

“It is widely spo­ken about and has been for the past 12 months,” one in­ves­ti­ga­tor said.

Her role at the helm of the Crim­i­nal Groups Squad is one of the most soughtafter po­si­tions at the State Crime Com­mand and there will un­doubt­edly be plenty of jock­ey­ing for the spot.

Crooks have been known to dub Supt Wal­lace the “smil­ing as­sas­sin” — a tes­ta­ment to the charm­ing de­meanour that shad­ows her tough ap­proach to Syd­ney’s gang­sters.

The halls of the State Crime Com­mand will seem a lit­tle more bleak with­out Wal­lace’s vi­brant suits and out­go­ing per­son­al­ity.

NSW Po­lice De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Deb Wal­lace.

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