Assistant Commissioner Lauren Callaway joined Victoria Police in 1994, after completing a cadetship as a newspaper journalist in the Latrobe Valley. After working operational duties in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, she was promoted to sergeant in the Intelligence and Covert Support Department (ICSC) where she spent six years involved in forensic intelligence, special projects and establishing the Sex Offenders Registry. The latter provided national exposure to an Australian-wide offender tracking scheme, and also afforded her the opportunity of working overseas with police in the UK. As an Acting Inspector in the Crime Department, Lauren established the force’s first Violence Against Women and Children Strategy Group. Having also worked in professional standards and people development, she was promoted to Superintendent in 2016, and to Commander in 2018, working in People Development Command on developing the organisational education strategy. In September 2020 she took up a new role as Assistant Commissioner of Family Violence Command; AC Callaway is also currently the chair of Victoria Police Legacy, having been a Board member since 2010.