Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn Stripped of Counter-Terrorism Role

New gig after missing out on top job

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn Stripped of Counter-Terrorism Role

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NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn will no longer head up the force's counter-terrorism unit.

She's been moved on from the role, with Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson named to lead the Investigations and Counter-Terrorism unit and State Crime Command, which covers squads targeting major crimes including homicide and organised gangs.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has made the appointment  within a fortnight of taking over the top job from Andrew Scipione.

Ms Burn will remain deputy commissioner but will instead lead Specialist Support, Mr Fuller announced on Tuesday.

Until now, the specialist support role has overseen several units including PolAir, forensics, marine area command and highway patrol.

The reshuffle comes ahead of a pending report into the police response to the 2014 Lindt Cafe siege, in which two hostages and gunman Man Haron Monis were killed after a 17-hour stand-off.

Both Ms Burn, who has held the counter-terrrorism portfolio since 2012, and Mr Scipione have been criticised for their handling of their roles in the operation.

Ms Burn, who insisted she had no operational role during the siege, came under scrutiny over text messages she sent during and after the siege, which were deleted and haven't been recovered.

Mr Scipione also stated he had no operational control at the siege either.

Mr Fuller was the first high-ranking officer to take command of the siege and he ordered a contain and negotiate approach rather than sending in armed officers.

Both Ms Burn and Mr Hudson had thrown their hat into the ring for the top job to replace Mr Scipione but missed out.

- AAP

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