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New chief executive officer of CrimTrac.

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Minister for Justice and Customs Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for Western Australia

E147/05 11 November 2005

New Chief Executive Officer of CrimTrac

The Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, today announced the appointment of Mr Ben McDevitt as the new Chief Executive Officer of CrimTrac.

Mr McDevitt is currently the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner, National Manager Counter-Terrorism, having served a distinguished career in the AFP and ACT Police over the past 22 years.

“Ben McDevitt has shown himself to be a police officer and administrator of great vision with a fine record in achieving results,” Senator Ellison said.

“His extensive policing experience in a number of senior roles will bring important skills and experience to CrimTrac to help the organisation meet the challenges of police investigations in the 21st century.”

Prior to his current role as Assistant Commissioner, Counter-Terrorism, Mr McDevitt headed Australia’s law enforcement assistance to the Solomon Islands by performing the dual roles of Commander of the Participating Police Force and Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police.

As General Manager of the AFP’s National Operations, he contributed at a senior level to the AFP’s involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing investigations.

Mr McDevitt had previously been promoted to Commander Operations of ACT Policing after performing various roles in the AFP, predominantly in criminal investigation areas. He also served in peacekeeping missions in Cyprus and Bougainville.

“The extensive knowledge and experience Mr McDevitt brings from a number of senior police management roles at local, national and international levels are attributes that will serve CrimTrac well,” Senator Ellison said.

CrimTrac is the national law enforcement support agency which assists Australian police services through forensic science, information technology and communications advances.

Mr McDevitt will be appointed for five years. He will take up his position in January 2006.

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