Updated

July 24, 2019 12:32:13

The Federal Government has picked Northern Territory Police boss Reece Kershaw to lead the Australian Federal Police.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced Commissioner Kershaw as the successor to Andrew Colvin, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

The incoming police chief listed staff training, resources and support as his top priorities for when he assumes the role.

He said there was “more work to do” to prevent officer suicides following five AFP deaths in recent years.

“It is a disturbing issue for us,” Commissioner Kershaw said.

“I’ve lost some officers as well in the Northern Territory so the AFP is not alone in this area.

“I think it’s really important to look at those strategies and the support mechanisms that we can roll out to prevent this from happening.”

Commissioner Kershaw started his policing career with the AFP and worked for the National Crime Authority in Perth.

He has led United Nations’ police operations in East Timor and represented the AFP at The Hague.

“He has [an] extremely distinguished policing and public service career,” Mr Dutton said.

“He’s represented his country and the Territory with the great respect of those that have served under him.”

Commissioner Kershaw joins the organisation as it faces criticism from media organisations for the raids it carried out at a News Corp journalist’s home and the ABC headquarters.

Commissioner Colvin told the Government before the federal election that he would not seek an extension to his five-year term, which ends on October 1.

More to come.

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First posted

July 24, 2019 12:13:14

Fonte: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-24/reece-kershaw-to-become-australian-federal-police-commissioner/11342042

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