Prime Minister Tony Abbott has just announced Andrew Colvin will be the new commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.
In recent weeks Colvin has been running point on Australia’s counter-terrorism operations.
Brought in as acting commissioner when Tony Negus stepped down from the role last month, Colvin is set to head the force for the next five years.
Joining the NSW police force in 1990, Colvin went on to become the AFP’s national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism in 2002 in which he led aspects of Australia’s police response to the Bali bombings, the 2003 Marriott Hotel bombing, and the Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta in 2004.
Since then he has held numerous senior roles at the AFP, varying from technology crimes, intelligence, and serious and organised crime.
More recently Colvin has been commended for his deft management and calm response to the increased terror level and anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane.
Former AFP agent Alastair MacGibbon told The Sydney Morning Herald Colvin, commonly known as AJ, is “a safe pair of hands to be in charge.”
“He has a history working in complex, high-pressure, political investigations. He’s not a shoot-from-the-hip kind of guy. He’s considered, he has a strong internal compass, yet he understands how to handle internal operations,” said MacGibbon.
Two weeks ago Colvin told ABC TV that recent counter-terrorism raids were just beginning for Australia’s defence against terrorism.
“In many ways it’s just a new phase,” he said.