National Manager Aviation
Assistant Commissioner Shane Connelly joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1984 where he served in various community policing roles predominantly in the Australian Capital Territory. These roles included Traffic Operations, Diving Squad, Fraud Squad, General Crime Squad and Drug Squad.
In 1992 he served in Cambodia as part of a UN Peace Keeping Mission.
In 1995, Assistant Commissioner Connelly was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and transferred to the Internal Affairs Division of the AFP. From 1996 to 1997 he served as the Station OIC of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an external territory of Australia.
Assistant Commissioner Connelly returned to Australia in 1997 to lead an Asian Organised Crime Team for a period of two years.
In 1999, he was appointed as the AFP Law Enforcement Liaison Officer for the Australian Federal Minister for Justice and Customs.
In 2001, he returned to Federal Policing Operations and was promoted to the rank of Superintendent. He then served in a variety of National Policing Roles in the Protection portfolio. These roles included Co-ordinator Witness Protection, National Co-ordinator Close Personal Protection and General Manager.
In 2003, Assistant Commissioner Connelly was promoted to the rank of Commander and took up the position of Director of National Investigations. In 2004, a new portfolio of Economic Crime and Special Operations was established in the AFP and he was appointed as the National Manager for this portfolio.
In 2005, Assistant Commissioner Connelly returned to ACT Community Policing where he took up the role of Deputy Chief Police Officer.
In 2008, he was transferred to be the Manager of Operations and Mission for the Australian Federal Police International Deployment Group.
In January 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and appointed as National Manager Aviation, the position he now holds.
During his 27 year Policing career, Assistant Commissioner Connelly has undertaken academic studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Administration from the University of Canberra, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Canberra.
His sporting interests include yacht racing, surfing, motorcycle riding and skiing.