Allan McCarthy

Assistant Commissioner, Queensland

Allan McCarthy has over 42 years with the QPS, joining as a Cadet in 1976.  He is currently the Assistant Commissioner at Organisational Capability Command, where he leads a team that manages a range of business improvement units including research & innovation, data analytics, frontline equipment, drug & alcohol coordination, frontline IT systems, and key stakeholder engagement with key IT, facilities and vehicle asset partners.

His early career involved frontline policing duties in metropolitan and regional areas, and a period of plain clothes and prosecutions work, before moving through non-commissioned ranks as an Education & Training Officer.  He was promoted to Inspector in 1998 as a Regional Police Training Coordinator, and also spent 6 years in country/regional areas managing different police districts.    

He was promoted to Superintendent at Specialist Services Branch where he managed the Water Police, Mounted Police Unit, Railway Squad, Dog Squad, & Public Safety Response Team. Over the next several years he also worked in the traffic policing and projects areas before being promoted to Chief Superintendent at the Police Academy in 2011.  He was then appointed to take charge of the South Brisbane Police District for several years, where he was responsible for over 60 police stations and work units, and around 1300 officers. 

He has performed duty as the overall Commander for a number of significant events, including the Queensland stage of the Cricket World Cup and the Asian Soccer Cup in 2015.   He transferred to Ethical Standards Command as the Commander of Internal Investigations, before being promoted to his current position.

Allan has tertiary qualifications in adult education and training, and also public sector management.