Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2012 Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036

Invitation to May Lunch

When: Thursday May 10, 2012
Time: Noon to 2:00 pm
Where: Amenities Room Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036

Guest Speaker:  Detective Superintendent Michael Kelsey, Australian Federal Police, Counselor (Police Liaison), Embassy of Australia, Washington

Topic: The Australian Federal Police and the role of the Police Liaison.

Charge: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.
Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.
RSVP (Include your affiliation) by noon on Wednesday May 9, 2012, to David Ward by calling 202-352-8550, or via e-mail to dmward1973 (at) gmail dot com.
Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. In addition to on street metered parking, nearby commercial parking facilities are located behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass), and at 1500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

 Biography: Detective Superintendent Michael (Mick) KELSEY, Australian Federal Police Michael is a career police officer with over 22 years in State, Federal and International law enforcement.  After entering the Queensland Police Service in 1989, Michael performed uniformed (general) duties.  In 1993 he was transferred to the Brisbane City Criminal Investigation Branch, where he undertook a range of investigations into serious criminal matters including murder, rape, robbery, fraud, drug and other matters.  He was designated as a Detective in 1996.

In 1998, Michael joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and commenced duty in the AFP Sydney Office, investigating drug importation and money laundering syndicates.  In 2000 he served as a United Nations peacekeeper in East Timor, and with the International Peace Monitoring Team in the Solomon Islands from late 2000 until early 2001. Michael was posted to Jakarta Indonesia in 2002, where he managed investigations into a variety of transnational crimes impacting on Australia, in addition to coordinating several significant capacity building projects. In October 2002 he played a key liaison and investigative role following to the terrorist attacks in Bali, and in 2004 led the AFP response to the Australian Embassy bombing.  Between 2005 and 2008, Michael served as liaison officer to the Commonwealth Attorney General and Minister for Justice at Parliament House Canberra, where he represented both the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission.

Michael returned to Sydney in 2008, and was deployed to the Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, USA to undertake an executive development opportunity.  Whilst at Microsoft Michael studied leadership and management practices and provided a law enforcement perspective on internet safety and security issues. Michael was most recently the Deputy Manager of the AFP's Sydney Office, the largest regional office in Australia with more than 450 staff.  Prior to that he performed the role of Coordinator Crime Operations, where he managed teams of Federal Agents involved in the investigation of organised crime, money laundering, sensitive special reference matters, online child sexual abuse, complex fraud and international police assistance. In January 2011 he began his deployment as the AFP's Senior Liaison Officer attached to the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Michael holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, and is also a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.  Michael and his wife Melanie have been married for 13 years, and have one child, Olivia, who is two months old.

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