Ross Guenther APM
Deputy Commissioner, Victoria Police
Ross was appointed Deputy Commissioner, Public Safety and Security in July 2020, and has portfolio responsibility for Counter Terrorism Command, Crime Command and Transit & Public Safety Command.
Ross joined Victoria Police in 1985. An accomplished police officer, his professional experience encompasses the leadership and management of teams across investigative, general policing, specialist operations and business environments.
He holds a Masters Degree in Criminology along with professional qualifications in project, business, training and strategic management streams. He has a deep commitment to learning and innovation and has facilitated education programs for various tertiary institutions in recent years.
As a Commissioned Officer, Ross has managed and led successful change management programs across Victoria Police’s Centre for Investigator Training, Airlie Leadership Development Centre, Security Services Division and more recently as a Divisional Manager within the Southern Metropolitan Region.
In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and in 2016 became the inaugural head of Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command. As a former Command Capability Advisor to the ANZCTC, Ross has a deep understanding of Counter Terrorism including the spectrum of police and agency responses required to address the complex challenges within that environment.
In June 2016 Ross was honoured to receive the Australian Police Medal (APM) as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours, the citation praising his “strong and deep commitment to people and leadership development”.
In 2017, Ross was elected to the Leadership in Counter Terrorism (LinCT) Alumni Association Executive and currently holds the role of President. In 2019 Ross joined the International Association of Chiefs of Police and was subsequently nominated as a member of their Committee on Terrorism.