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Annual report 2018-19 - Overview about the agency

Our strategic focus

Our Purpose

Under the Police Act 1998, the purpose of South Australia Police is to reassure and protect the community in relation to crime and disorder by the provision of services to uphold the law, preserve the peace, prevent crime, assist the public in emergency situations, coordinate and manage responses to emergencies, regulate road use and prevent vehicle collisions.

Our Vision

A visible responsive police service for all South Australians.

Our Values

Our Values are: Service, Integrity, Courage, Leadership, Collaboration and Respect.

Our functions, objectives and deliverables

SAPOL’s Strategic Plan is SAPOL 2020, and our key strategy is to be accessible, innovative and efficient in the use of resources and responsive in the delivery of frontline services regardless of the circumstances.

Keeping the community safe and our commitment to this strategy will drive our business through our core programs of:

  • Public Safety – responding to calls for assistance, emergency response and managing major community events,
  • Crime and Criminal Justice Services - preventing crime, reducing offending, supporting victims, and providing partnership based flexible and effective criminal justice services; and
  • Road Safety – working to prevent harm on South Australian roads through visible presence, law enforcement and education.

This will be achieved by:

  • Accepting personal responsibility for professionalism and leadership,
  • Acting with integrity, honesty, fairness, and impartiality for public accountability,
  • Collaborating and engaging for effective communication,
  • Understanding and meeting community needs, and
  • Maintaining and inspiring public confidence.

Our organisational structure


Deputy Commissioner

Business Service

Crime Service

Governance and Capability Service

Human Resources Service

Information Systems and Technology Service

Metropolitan Operations Service

Operations Support Service

Security and Emergency Management Service

State Operations Service

Changes to the agency

During 2018-19 there was the following change to the agency’s structure as a result of SAPOL’s major reform program implementing the District Policing Model (Stage 1).

In July 2018, six metropolitan Local Service Areas (LSAs) transitioned to four Districts.

Local Service Areas


Eastern Adelaide


Holden Hill

South Coast


Western Adelaide





This enhanced service-based reform has created larger and more flexible operational workgroups, better equalised demand for police services between operational Districts providing enhanced consistency to policing services and improved interoperability between Districts.

Our Minister

Minister Police

The Hon. Corey Wingard MP is the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing.

The Minister oversees SAPOL programs of Public Safety, Crime and Criminal Justice Services and Road Safety.

Our Executive team

SAPOL Commissioner Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens is the Commissioner of Police, responsible for leading South Australia Police (SAPOL).

Major services reporting to the Commissioner include:

  • Business Service,
  • Governance and Capability Service,
  • Information Systems and Technology Service, and
  • Human Resources Service.


Linda Williams is the Deputy Commissioner, responsible for leading the operation of:

  • Metropolitan Operations Service,
  • State Operations Service,
  • Security and Emergency Management Service,
  • Operations Support Service, and
  • Crime Service.

Steven Johinke

Stephen Johinke is the Director of Business Service, responsible for:

  • corporate management of financial, asset and information resources,
  • service delivery of expiation notice processing, exhibit property management, vehicle impounding, and
  • information release.


Scott Duval is the Assistant Commissioner of Crime Service, responsible for:

  • provision of specialist investigation service regarding serious, organised or complex criminal activity, and
  • providing a state-wide responsibility for the provision of high level criminal investigations, as well as investigative and specialist technical support to Districts and Local Service Areas.

SAPOL Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey

Peter Harvey is the Assistant Commissioner Governance and Capability Service, responsible for:

  • specialist executive support to the Commissioner and the Deputy,
  • corporate governance and organisational capability,
  • performance reporting to executive, government and the public,
  • driving performance policy and strategy development,
  • supporting legislative reform, and
  • identifying and addressing emerging issues.


Linda Fellows is the Assistant Commissioner Human Resources Service, responsible for:

  • provision of strategic leadership and direction in the planning, development and promotion of efficient and effective organisational human resource management policies and practices relative to workforce planning,
  • staff development,
  • equity and diversity,
  • industrial relations, and
  • occupational health, safety and injury management.


Hamish Cameron is the Director Information Systems and Technology, Service, responsible for:

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) advice and services in relation to security, architecture, business consulting, infrastructure and communications, software support and maintenance and project delivery,
  • the Service Desk for all ICT-related issues and requests, and
  • the strategic direction and policies relating technology, including the adoption of new and emerging trends.


Paul Dickson is the Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Operations Service, responsible for:

  • provision of operational policing services to the central business district (CBD) and the greater Adelaide metropolitan area, and
  • providing safety on metropolitan public transport.


Philip Newitt is the Assistant Commissioner Operation Support Service, responsible for:

  • provision of centrally located, specialist operation support to the Districts, Local Service Areas and Crime Service,
  • providing prosecution services, and
  • provision of firearms and licensing enforcement.


Noel Bamford is the Assistant Commissioner Security and Emergency Management Service, responsible for:

  • emergency management, event planning, counter terrorism, critical infrastructure protection and security advice,
  • supporting the State Coordinator, and
  • providing search and rescue, public order and high risk incident management.

Currently the position of Assistant Commissioner State Operations Service is being filled on a temporary basis. The position is responsible for:

  • the provision of operational policing services to all South Australian regional areas and rural areas, and
  • road safety services across the state.

Legislation administered by the agency

Police Act 1998 and Police Regulations 2014

Firearms Act 2015

Hydroponics Industry Control Act 2009

Protective Security Act 2007

Public Assemblies Act 1972

Second-hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers 1996

Witness Protection Act 1996

Other related agencies (within the Minister’s area/s of responsibility)

South Australia Police continues to work collaboratively with other emergency service agencies and Department for Correctional Services to ensure community safety.