A 34-year career in law enforcement has come to an end with the
announcement that the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), John Lawler, is to retire.
calls it a day
Mr Lawler, who will officially stand down on 16 October, has been CEO of the Crime Commission for almost five years. He previously served with the Australian Federal Police in a number of roles.
Since its establishment in 2003, the ACC has contributed to more than 300 disruptions of criminal syndicates and their operations with 700 convictions. Together with partners, it has contributed to the seizure of more than 118 tonnes of illicit drugs. However, Mr Lawler said those results tell only part of the story.
“The ACC has worked with partners to discover, understand and respond to organised crime threats of most harm to the community,” Mr Lawler said.
“These responses include prevention and disruption of organised criminal activity strategies, such as Task Force Galilee which aimed to break the business model of criminals committing investment fraud and preventing fraud before it occurs.”
He said that during his tenure the ACC had also led key reforms including implementation of a common national targeting system, a criminal intelligence model and the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability that provided a system to monitor the highest criminal threats to this country.
“In the past 10 years, the ACC has developed into a national criminal intelligence agency drawing on specialist investigative, intelligence and coercive capabilities to coordinate the national response against serious and organised crime,” he said.
“I leave the ACC at a time where national law enforcement collaboration is the best that I have seen in my 34 years of public service and the ACC plays a key role in bringing partners together.”
Mr Lawler said that now more than ever, the ACC provided the public with the most comprehensive view of serious and organised criminal threats to Australia, evident in this year’s release of the Organised Crime in Australia 2013 and Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport reports.
Edition 377, 3 September 2013