Wallace walk all the talk of cops
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.