Media Release – 20 January 2017

NZ Deputy Commissioner joins Australian Civil-Military Centre

Deputy Police Commissioner Glenn Dunbier has joined the Australian Civil Military Centre (ACMC) as Deputy Executive Director to begin 2017, continuing the practice of the post’s appointment by the New Zealand Government.

ACMC’s number two position has previously been held by New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Defence officials, but , and – in keeping with the ACMC “whole of Government” ethos,  –  this time the role is filled by a senior NZ Police officer. ACMC’s mandate in joining-up civil-military-policing cooperation for international crisis management meant that Dunbier was keen to take up the position when the request was received.

“I am very pleased to represent the New Zealand Government and NZ Police in Australia, and ACMC’s mandate is in line with 31 years of police work,” said Dunbier, who has spent his career in blue.

“There are a lot of committed, capable people working to join-up civil-military-police capability, and everyone at ACMC and all the partners I’ve met have been extremely welcoming.”

“The strong bond between New Zealand and Australia means it makes good sense for NZ to have a part in ACMC. That part has been grown and developed by my predecessor Greg Elliott, and I look forward to picking up where he has left off.”

“Mostly, where Australia goes, New Zealand will likely be there too. It makes sense for NZ to have a part in the ACMC’s work.”

Executive Director ACMC Dr Alan Ryan said: “The Australian Civil-Military Centre is looking forward to delivering new innovation in international crisis management with the benefits of Glenn’s distinguished career in senior policing.”

“ACMC is committed not only to joining up civil-military-police capabilities in Australia, but to building this vital capability across our regional partners.”

“Australia and New Zealand share responsibility for regional assistance operations such as disaster response. It is essential that we work together to ensure we are ‘joined-up’ ahead of a crisis”, Dr Ryan added.

The ACMC engages with, and supports, government departments and agencies, non-government organisations and international partners, including the United Nations, on civil-military-police issues. The ACMC is staffed by officials of relevant Australian Government departments and agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Federal Police, Australian Defence Force, Attorney General’s Department and the Australian Council for International Development. It is administered through the Vice Chief of Defence Force Group.

 


Media Contact: ACMC Communications (02) 6160 2209 / communications@acmc.gov.au