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Simon Overland


Simon started his current position as secretary for the Department of Justice in Tasmanian in July 2012. He was chief commissioner of Victoria Police from March 2009 until mid-2011.

Simon began his career in the Australian Federal Police, serving 19 years there before being appointed assistant commissioner (crime) with Victoria Police in 2003. He is credited with a prominent role in bringing an end to the Melbourne gangland murders and associated crime in Victoria.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration and Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the University of Canberra and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the Australian National University. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice throughout his career.

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