New AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin a career cop on terror beat


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Andrew Colvin is the new commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, after 24 years in the service specialising in counter-terrorism operations.

A career federal cop and distinguished counter-terrorism expert has been named the new Australian Federal Police commissioner.

Andrew Colvin (pictured), a 24-year veteran of the service, was the AFP’s deputy commissioner for national security before taking on the acting commissioner role after the retirement of Tony Negus in September.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Colvin has “performed with distinction over recent weeks as the public terror threat level was raised to High and the Australian Federal Police, working with other security agencies, executed some of the largest counter-terrorism operations in Australia’s history”:

“He established the AFP counter-terrorism portfolio, has overseen domestic and international AFP terrorism investigations, had operational oversight of aviation, protection and international deployment group portfolios and led the high-tech crime portfolio …

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