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Australian policing after Covid-19

ASPI Webinar: Australian policing after Covid-19

Speakers Leanne Close, Dr Steve Watts, Tarang Chawla, Nick Kaldas and John Coyne

ASPI is delighted to invite you to a webinar on Australian policing after Covid-19.

Australian Federal, State and Territory police have for many years enjoyed high levels of public trust, exceeding that of most public sector organisations. Modern policing is not just about the use of force or law enforcement but working with communities to solve many complex social and health problems. Public trust provides the social licence for the nation’s community policing efforts.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has had substantial health, social and economic impacts and police, like our other first responders, have adapted to this challenge. Our frontline police officers have been provided almost unprecedented new powers to deal with the Covid-19 health crisis. However, a public weary of the pandemic appear to be increasingly less accepting of measures to contain Covid-19.

This webinar discussion will explore governmental responses to Covid-19, the impact on Australian policing’s social licence and policy options to ensure that Australia’s most trusted institutions remain so.


  • Leanne Close, former Deputy Commissioner National Security at the AFP, currently head of the counter-terrorism program at ASPI
  • Dr Steve Watts, global policing, security and management consultant with 35 years operational and strategic policing experience
  • Nick Kaldas, ASPI Senior Fellow and Managing Director of Kaldas Associates
  • Tarang Chawla, writer, lawyer and anti-violence campaigner
  • Moderated by Dr John Coyne, Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement and Head of the North and Australia’s Security, ASPI

Click here to register for this webinar.


Leanne Close

Leanne Close was the head of ASPI’s counter-terrorism program.

Dr Steve Watts

Steve Watts has over 35 years operational and strategic policing experience, having served at the highest level in one of the largest non-metropolitan Police Forces in Engla

Tarang Chawla

Tarang Chawla is a writer, lawyer, anti-violence campaigner, mental health advocate and suicide survivor. 

Nick Kaldas

Nick Kaldas held two of the most senior roles in the NSW Police Force executive for well over a decade, serving as Deputy Commissioner and prior to that, Assistant Commissioner.

John Coyne

Dr John Coyne is Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement and Head of the North and Australia’s Security at ASPI.