Peter Cotter Bio Page.JPGPeter Cotter APM was appointed the Acting Commissioner of the NSW Crime Commission on 9 November 2018.

Peter has 35 years policing experience, having joined the NSW Police Force in 1984. Starting his policing career in the inner western suburbs of Sydney, Peter completed general response policing for 7 years before his passion for criminal investigation work began in 1991. After a few years of locally based criminal investigations, Peter worked exclusively for the next 20 years in the major crime domains of Homicide, Armed Robbery, Extortion, Kidnap for Ransom, Fraud, Sexual Assault and Abuse of Children as a practitioner, manager, and ultimately senior manager, Commander and Director.

Between 2010 and 2013 Peter was the NSW Police Force Corporate Spokesman for Victims of Crime, where he sat with a myriad of victim focussed government and private organisations endeavouring to assist all victims, but essentially those victimised by violent crime.

Immediately prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Peter had been the Commander and Assistant Commissioner of the Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command within the NSW Police Force. In this role Peter led and oversighted the operational and managerial responsibilities of forensic investigation and covert electronic gathering through lawful interception, interrogation and surreptitious intrusion. Peter also held the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency National Institute of Forensic Science.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours and is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in New South Wales. He also holds an Associate Diploma in Criminal Justice (Police). Peter is a graduate of many police leadership and managerial programs, incorporating international courses in the USA and Europe.

In the Australia Day Honours of 2008, Peter was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service.