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Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019



Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019


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SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 2019 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA New police chief looms before end of month JUDITH AISTHORPE judith.asithorpe@news.com.au THE Northern Territory is likely to have a new police commissioner by the end of the month. Applications for the role closed at the end of September and the selection process has begun. Reece Kershaw resigned as NT police commissioner in July to take up the position of Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police. Applications have been received from the Northern Territory as well as from interstate and overseas. Police Minister Nicole Manison was not able to say how many candidates were in the running. We are confident that we will have a new commissioner appointed by the end of the month, she said. The recruitment for the role of deputy commissioner has been postponed until the top cop is selected. We have also received some impressive applications for the role of deputy commissioner, however we have decided to hold that recruitment process until a commissioner is appointed, Ms Manison said. We believe it is important that the new commissioner of police is involved in the recruitment of the deputy position. The job became available when deputy commissioner Grant Nicholls announced he would retire at the end of the year after almost three years in the role. He has been paramount in improving and expanding the dog unit. At the moment Michael Murphy is acting in the role of police commissioner and Narelle Beer is acting in his role as deputy. Kershaw cleans out federal cops top tier NATALIE OBRIEN THE highest echelons of the Australian Federal Police hierarchy have been cleared out to make way for fresh blood as new Commissioner, Reece Kershaw, takes up the job. Two of the highest ranking executives in the AFP, a Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Operating Officer, have been told their contracts wont be renewed, and another senior executive position is under review ahead of the regime change, aimed at rebuilding the agency. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton welcomed the appointment of Mr Kershaw last week, saying: I do want to work closely with the Commissioner to make frontline officers the main focus, and support them to focus on destroying criminal networks in whatever form, here and where we have a presence internationally. He comes to the job with enthusiasm and an important AFP background, but more recently with the operational experience of a busy and diverse jurisdiction that is the Northern Territory. Mr Kershaw, who will be the eighth AFP commissioner, was appointed after Andrew Colvin stepped down at the end of his five-year contract. His appointment comes after two years of turmoil and dysfunction at the AFP, including a string of six suicides and widespread criticism about its heavy-handed approach raiding the homes and offices of journalists. Mr Kershaw has had a distinguished career in the AFP in roles including overseas postings to The Hague, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, and secondments to the National Crime Authority and the Australian Crime Commission. He joined the Northern Territory Police in 2011 and was appointed commissioner of the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services in 2015. Mr Kershaw said his initial focus is to ensure our frontline officers in the AFP are supported with the right training, technology and equipment, that the operating model of the organisation is fit for purpose for now and the future, and that the health and wellbeing of all staff is supported by the appropriate strategies and mechanisms. The AFP until August had four deputy commissioners. The decision not to renew the contract of one, Leanne Close, the decision not to renew the COO, Sue Bird, and to review the position of another senior executive, came after one of the most popular and experienced deputies, Ramzi Jabbour, quit five months after standing aside during a professional standards investigation. Mr Jabbour was considered the most knowledgeable of the AFP officers and his resignation was seen as a big blow to the force. His resignation prompted an outpouring of support for one of the most experienced and well-liked executives in the AFP. Mr Colvin paid tribute to Mr Jabbour, saying he was a colleague who would be sore ly missed and his career highlights included leading complex and challenging high-profile organised crime and people-smuggling investigations in Australia and internationally. The changes have cleared the way for Mr Kershaw to choose his own executive team as he reshapes the organisation. 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