Deputy Chief Police Officer - Response

Deputy Chief Police Officer Response Michael Chew

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Commander Michael Chew joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1984 and after graduating from the recruit college, he undertook general duties and investigative roles in ACT Policing.

In 1994, Commander Chew served with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Mozambique, where he was involved in regional planning and the implementation of UN policing support to the Mozambique police force.

He returned to ACT Policing and later became Team Leader of the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team, then a Team Leader in the Territory Investigations Group (TIG). He was also a part-time member of the Special Operations Team (1987-2002), progressing through to Tactical Commander.

Promoted to Superintendent TIG in 2002, he managed major investigations including several murders and the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

In 2005, Commander Chew moved to the position of Superintendent Traffic Operations and in 2007, Superintendent North District, managing general duties response to the northern suburbs of Canberra including three police stations. 

After Acting in the role of Deputy Chief Police Officer for the ACT in 2009, he later became Superintendent Counter Terrorism and Emergency Management. And in 2011, he was Superintendent Specialist Response and Security.

In 2012 Commander Chew was promoted to the rank of Commander and transferred to the Aviation portfolio within National AFP, where he assumed responsibility for aviation operations across nine major Australian airports.

In October 2015, Commander Chew transferred as the Manager, Covert and Capability portfolio where he was responsible for a variety of areas including Undercover Operations, Human Source Management, Technical, Physical and Digital Surveillance, Online Undercover Surveillance and Witness Protection. 

In March 2016, Commander Chew was Acting Assistant Commissioner, People, Safety and Security; responsible for Human Resources, the AFP Integrity Framework, security areas and Organisational Health. 

He has now returned to ACT Policing as Deputy Chief Police Officer–Response, managing North District (City, Belconnen and Gungahlin Police Stations), South District (Woden and Tuggeranong Police Stations), Road Policing, Emergency Management & Planning, Media and Public Engagement and Criminal Investigations.

Commander Chew has a Bachelor of Adult Education and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and has undertaken numerous command and control and leadership courses.

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