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Karl Colaco

Karl has over 30 years experience in the New South Wales Police Force, specialising in overt and covert criminal investigations and prosecutions.  Karl achieved the rank of Detective Chief Inspector and spent ten years in managerial and Command positions, leading teams into protracted organised crime investigations to Commanding a covert unit with independent operational, financial, HR and administrative responsibilities. Karl was also involved in training roles in VIP & dignitary protection and covert policing fields, having to deliver presentations, develop SOPs, risk management protocols and internal education programs.

Between 2011 and 2016 Karl was the Investigations Coordinator – Asian Organised Crime Squad & Organised Crime Squad – Money Laundering Unit.  As part of this role he was required to provide leadership and management into complex investigations and coaching and mentoring to investigative staff. Karl was also responsible for providing criminal investigative consultancy to external stakeholders, liaising with media representatives and provided briefing notes. Provide Command management support for business plan, HR issues and anti-corruption strategies. Provide external liaison with other LEA’s, government agencies, community individuals and groups. Continual development and implementation of work practices.

Prior to this role, Karl was the Commander of the Undercover Branch where he worked for 13 years. In this role he managed all aspects of operations, learning and development, administration, HR and corporate spokesperson policy responsibilities.  He was also responsible for developing, implementing and review risk assessment standards and policies including the use of tactical options.  Karl was also responsible for supervising all jurisdictional covert operations on behalf of the NSWPF.  Karl also conducted training courses to ensure there was sufficient capacity of these specialist skills available to NSW Police.

Since leaving the NSW Police Karl has been involved in conducting security reviews, workplace investigations and project implementation for a range of government and private organisations.

Karl was a member & Chairperson – ANZPAA Undercover Committee which was responsible for developing and promoting Undercover operations nationally and internationally.  He was also a Member of the NSWPF Detectives Board from Oct 2008 – Jun 2011 which was charged with the responsibility of developing and promoting criminal investigations and operations for the NSW Police Force.

Karl holds qualifications in training and assessment, investigations, risk management and security, Work Health and Safety and Human Resources.

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