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Appointment of Australian Federal Police Second Deputy Commissioner.



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SENATOR THE HON DAVID JOHNSTON MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND CUSTOMS

MEDIA RELEASE

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone: (02) 6277 7260 Facsimile: (02) 6273 7098 www.ministerjusticeandcustoms.gov.au

DJ055-07 Monday 8 October 2007

APPOINTMENT OF AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE SECOND DEPUTY COMMISSIONER

Assistant Commissioner Tony Negus APM has been appointed as the second Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator David Johnston, announced today.

Senator Johnston, in announcing the appointment, said the new Deputy Commissioner’s position was created in response to a significant expansion in the size and scope of the AFP’s domestic and international responsibilities.

Mr Negus will assume responsibility for the AFP’s National Operations, which includes the organisation’s border, economic and special investigative activities. It also encompasses the AFP’s forensic and technical areas and the International Deployment Group (IDG).

Senator Johnston said Mr Negus was a very suitable candidate, with wide-ranging experience in a variety of demanding roles within the AFP.

A career police officer of 25-years, Mr Negus has worked in numerous disciplines within the AFP, including community policing, major fraud and drug operations, protection activities and human resources.

In 2003, he was responsible for a major restructure of the organisation, with the integration of 1500 Australian Protective Service officers into the AFP.

Mr Negus, 43, has been a member of the executive team for the past eight years and has been instrumental in the expansion of the organisation’s size and its strategic approach to the changing law enforcement environment, both domestically and internationally.

“Mr Negus has been appointed to this position at a very exciting and challenging time in the AFP’s history,” Senator Johnston said.

“Among other responsibilities, he will preside over the implementation of 400 new positions to be in place for the IDG - taking its strength to 1200 by the end of next year. This expansion will allow the AFP to respond more quickly to crisis situations and will help strengthen law enforcement capabilities across the region.”

“The vast and very valuable experience Mr Negus brings to the position will help enhance the AFP’s ability to chart the direction of the organisation in future law enforcement endeavours and I wish him all the best in his new appointment.”

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