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Former ACT police chief Roman Quaedvlieg is emerging as a potential frontrunner to become the Australian Federal Police's next commissioner.
The federal government is in the middle of an extensive search for the nation's next top cop, following the shock decision by current commissioner Tony Negus not to seek a second term.
It is understood Mr Quaedvlieg, currently deputy head at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, is one of the leading candidates for the role.
Mr Quaedvlieg has diverse and extensive experience in law enforcement, and is well-known in Canberra for his three-year stint as ACT Policing's chief police officer.
He spent 15 years with Queensland Police, including in positions investigating organised crime, and has worked in senior roles with AFP National, and the Australian Crime Commission.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan would not speculate on potential candidates for the role earlier this week, saying simply that an "extensive national and international process" was under way to appoint a new commissioner.
The AFP Association say the rank and file will be looking for a commissioner with high level management and leadership skills.
"They will want their commissioner to apply those qualities in a way that engenders respect, confidence, credibility whilst achieving fairness and consistency in the administration of the agency," chief executive Dennis Gellatly said.
"The next commissioner must possess and command sufficient knowledge, respect, interoperability and, preferably, wider experience amongst other agencies together with exposure to international affairs," Mr Gellatly said.
Importantly, Mr Gellatly said, the commissioner must be grounded in uniformed community policing, complemented by experience in national and international investigations.
Mr Quaedvlieg appears to meet that criteria, holding significant experience at all levels of policing, including as a beat cop in Brisbane.
"A person with the strength and wisdom to lead impartial and objective policing operations whilst meeting government funding constraints and general policy direction."
Other potential candidates for the top job are rumoured to be the AFP's current deputy commissioners, Mike Phelan and Andrew Colvin, and NSW Police deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas.
The decision of Mr Negus not to seek a second five-year term at the helm of the AFP differed from the path taken by his two predecessors Mick Keelty and Mick Palmer.
Mr Negus will finish when his term ends in September after a 32-year career.
Mr Keenan congratulated the outgoing AFP Commissioner on a career "dedicated to serving both Australia and the region".
But his time in the role also saw Mr Negus come under fire after allegations his son, Mitchell, had been given special treatment when he was allowed to graduate from the AFP College while under investigation for a motorcycle crash that involved speeding.
There is no suggestion his resignation is linked to the allegations.