National Manager International Deployment Group
Assistant Commissioner Newton is currently performing the role of National Manager International Deployment Group. This portfolio manages the deployment of Australian and Pacific Island police overseas on peacekeeping and capacity development operations for both the AFP and the United Nations. Since it was established in February 2004, the International Deployment Group has played a vital role in meeting ongoing regional security requirements and has members deployed to Afghanistan, Cyprus, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Samoa and the United Nations.
The goal of the International Deployment Group is to provide leadership within the Law and Justice sector in the delivery of offshore law enforcement initiatives. The Group contributes to regional stability and security on behalf of the Government of Australia by contributing to offshore law enforcement initiatives and participating in capacity development programs within the Law and Justice Sector.
Assistant Commissioner Newton was the National Manager for the Operations Support portfolio from 2010 to April 2012. The portfolio is responsible for the AFP Operations Coordination Centre, coordinating the AFP's 24 hour operational activities and response, Government Relations incorporating a legislative program, ministerial support and information access, and Corporate Communications including media and marketing along with the AFP Museum. The portfolio is also responsible for major technology projects to enhance the AFP's capability including Project Spectrum and the Intelligence Strategic Program.
From 2008 to March 2010, Assistant Commissioner Newton was the National Manager for the Economic and Special Operations portfolio. The portfolio was responsible for addressing economic (money laundering, criminal tax offences, identity crime, counterfeit currency, fraud against the Commonwealth etc) and special operations (war crimes, corruption and bribery of foreign officials, intellectual property, environmental crime, family law, unauthorised disclosure etc) crime types in both Australia and overseas. The portfolio also had responsibility for a national surveillance capability and the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre.
Assistant Commissioner Newton was previously the National Manager Aviation for over three years. She was responsible for Protective Security, Counter Terrorism First Response, Investigations and the implementation of a Unified Policing Model including Uniform Policing at 11 designated airports across Australia. She was also responsible for the Australian Air Security Officer Program to counter in air aircraft hijacking and terrorism, the AFP's Canine and Bomb Appraisal Officer Programs and Regional Rapid Deployment Teams for regional airports. The role drew together State and Territory police from all jurisdictions along with Customs Officer to address multi-jurisdictional criminality and security in the national and international airstream using Commonwealth and State/Territory laws.
From 2002 to 2004 Assistant Commissioner Newton was the Deputy Chief Police Officer in ACT Policing after returning to the AFP in February 2002. While in ACT Policing, she oversighted all operational portfolios and developed considerable knowledge, skill and operational experience regarding community policing, investigations, tactical operations and issues specific to the Canberra community. She has managed a number of significant police operations including the Canberra Bushfires in January 2003 and the visits of President Bush and President Whu in October 2003.
Assistant Commissioner Newton gained experience at an executive level working as an Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office. Mandy managed the compliance private rulings system, strategic intelligence, governance and a $68 billion revenue base whilst in the personal tax executive team. She was also a member of the executive team at ACTEW Corporation, Canberra's utility company initially as General Manager Human Resources and later managing the commercial operations of water and waste water including dams, reticulation and design and construction engineering and storm water.
Assistant Commissioner Newton's previous experience in the AFP includes being the Superintendent in charge of recruitment, deployment, promotions and equity and diversity. She also worked in a number of community policing and investigation roles in the ACT and taught recruit, detective and management programs at the police college.
Assistant Commissioner Newton possesses a wide range of leadership, operational and management skills developed in the AFP, government and private sectors. Supporting this extensive policing and managerial experience, she has gained a Master in Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Police Management.