Leanne Close currently holds the position of Deputy Commissioner National Security in the Australian Federal Police where she is responsible for Counter-Terrorism, Protection Operations and Aviation Operations.
Previously she was Deputy Commissioner Operations. This role encompassed management of Organised Crime, Crime Operations and International Operations.
Leanne joined the Australian Federal Police in 1986, working in the Sydney Office from 1986 to 1996 investigating a range of Commonwealth offences including major and general frauds and serious drug importations and attained her Detective Designation. In 1996 she was promoted to Sergeant. Soon after, Leanne transferred to the AFP College in Canberra for six years. In 2002, Leanne moved to ACT Policing performing several leadership roles. In early 2009, Leanne moved to the role of National Manager Protection and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in July 2009. In 2012, Leanne was transferred to the role of National Manager Human Resources, which she held for two and a half years. In 2014, Leanne held the position of National Manager Aviation, prior to her promotion to Deputy Commissioner.
In 2005, Leanne was awarded the Australian Police Medal. Leanne was conferred with a Masters of Educational Leadership in 2001. She also has two Graduate Certificates in Professional Development Education and Applied Management, and a Certificate IV in Training: Workplace Trainer (Category 2).