National Manager Forensic and Data Centres
Assistant Commissioner Slater joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1984 and has gained experience across a range of policing activities. Over his 26 years with the organisation he has worked extensively in forensic operations as well as general duties policing, human resource management, business analysis and dignitary protection.
Assistant Commissioner Slater was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in March 2010 and appointed to the role of National Manager Forensic and Data Centres. This position is responsible for the delivery of the AFP’s forensic capabilities through six facilities across Australia as well as the Australian Bomb Data Centre, Australian Chemical Biological and Radiological Data Centre and the Australian Illicit Drug Data Centre.
Assistant Commissioner Slater has been involved in a range of regional law enforcement capacity building initiatives in South East Asia and the Pacific. He was responsible for the development of the AFP’s Forensic Counter Terrorism group, Forensic Rapid Response capability and the Regional Disaster Victim Identification Capacity Building project.
In 2002, Assistant Commissioner Slater led the AFP forensic and disaster victim identification (DVI) responses to the Bali bombings for which he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). In 2003, he led the forensic response to the Marriott Hotel bombing in Jakarta and, in 2005, he undertook the role of Joint Chief of Staff (International) leading the international response to the tsunami in Thailand. Assistant Commissioner Slater was the AFP’s DVI commander between 2003 and 2006 and the Chair of the Australasian DVI Committee and member of the Interpol DVI Steering Committee between 2004 and 2006.
Assistant Commissioner Slater has a Bachelor of Management (Employment Relations), Diploma of Applied Science (Forensic Investigation) and a Graduate Certificate in Management.