Assistant Commissioner Robert Blackwood joined Tasmania Police as a recruit in 1998.
Over the course of his career, he has worked across a range of policing areas including uniform, criminal investigation, strategy and support and education and training. During this time, AC Blackwood implemented significant changes to uniform and officer safety, overseeing major projects such as the introduction of body worn cameras and the management and procurement of the Multi-Use Integrated Protection Vests.
AC Blackwood undertook a two-year secondment to the Sydney office of the Australian Crime Commission, investigating organised crime.
AC Blackwood undertook a leadership role working with both the Department of Health, and in support of the State Controller for the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. His strategic planning enabled some major events to occur in Tasmania in a COVID-safe manner, leading to great economic and social benefits for the state.
As Commander Professional Standards, AC Blackwood was responsible for developing a new process and independent review committee to manage police officers involved in family and sexual violence.
As Assistant Commissioner Specialist Support, AC Blackwood is responsible for overseeing a range of portfolios including Family and Sexual Violence, the Crime and Intelligence Command including Serious Organised Crime and the Operations Support Command.
AC Blackwood is a champion for diversity, managing the LGBTIQA+ portfolio for many years and promoting diversity in Tasmania Police recruitment strategies.