Fair Cop: Christine Nixon

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, Aug 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
Christine Nixon became the first female Chief Commissioner of Police in Australia, appointed to head Victoria Police, at a most crucial time—the underworld was in the midst of a bloody war, the spectre of terrorism was emerging as a powerful new threat, and there was a stench of internal corruption.
In this frank and engaging memoir, Christine Nixon reflects on the journey of a woman deep into a man's world, describing the experiences that shaped her commitment to a model of policing as a community service, committed to caring for society's most vulnerable. She explores the challenges of managing a police force through a period of profound social and cultural change, explains the hidden tensions at the front line of politics and policing and exposes the poisonous culture war within police ranks.
Fair Cop candidly shares the public and private stories of Christine Nixon—woman, spouse, citizen, constable—on a journey that encounters tragedy, corruption, ambition and humility. In its final chapters, it takes readers inside the events of Black Saturday, the disaster that would so cruelly scar the state of Victoria, claim so many lives, and test Christine Nixon as nothing before. It tracks the intimate story of her days before the Bushfires Royal Commission and recounts her efforts, as head of the Victorian Bushfires Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, to renew ravaged communities.
 

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Contents

When Ross Met Betty
3
Family and Other Crimes
12
The Policemans Daughter
21
Women in Uniform
29
On the Beat
36
A Darlo Darling
45
Police Power and Politics
55
Fortune and Fate and Harvard
65
Policing in the Age of Terror
231
Power Politics and Policy
241
Duty of Care
263
Woman Spouse Citizen Former Constable
276
Black Saturday
290
The Bushfires Royal Commission
309
Rebuilding Recovery and Renewal
346
have learned along the way Notes
367

Love and War and London 10 IfYou Cant Take the Heat 11 And Peter Ryan Thank
73
THE VICTORIAN YEARS
113
Call Me Christine
115
The Culture
129
Dealing with the Dark Side
145
The Underworld
165
The State ofthe Union 17 Rats in the Ranks
193
Managing the Media and Other Myths
207
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Christine Nixon was the first woman in Australia to be appointed a police commissioner, a post she held with Victoria Police from April 2001 to February 2009.
Jo Chandler is a senior writer with The Age, writing in-depth reports and analysis across a broad spectrum of topics, with particular interests in humanitarian and women's issues, aid and development, Indigenous affairs, and climate change, about which she has recently written a book, Feeling the Heat. She lives in Melbourne and has two teenage children.

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