CANCELLED: Diplomats in Blue: Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin on International Policing in the Twenty-first Century

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As our domestic security threats are increasingly global in nature, twenty-first century police officers must be equipped not just for law enforcement but for international diplomacy. 

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin explains the strategy behind Australia's efforts to tackle the unfolding law enforcement and peacekeeping challenges from the Asia-Pacific to the Middle East - and how Britain and Australia might further deepen their cooperation in an evolving geopolitical space.

Speaker Biography

Commissioner Andrew Colvin is a career police officer, having joined the AFP in 1990.  He spent the majority of his early investigational career within the AFP’s Sydney Office where he progressed through the ranks of the organisation investigating a range of serious and organised crime offences, particularly narcotic importations, money laundering, politically motivated crime and terrorist financing. Between 2002 and 2005 Andrew coordinated the national and international aspects of the AFP’s response to terrorism, including the 2002 Bali bombings, 2003 Jakarta Marriot bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing. This was followed by leadership opportunities as AFP Chief of Staff, National Manager of High Tech Crime Operations and a number of Deputy Commissioner roles. In 2003 Andrew was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the Bali bombings and Australia’s counter terrorism frameworks and in 2008 he was named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and awarded the Australian Police Medal. Andrew holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, attained in 2010, and was appointed the AFP’s 7th Commissioner in October 2014. He is a passionate advocate for the role of policing in society and in government and is a Male Champion of Change – striving to achieve significant and sustainable increases in the representation of women in leadership positions.


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