Mr Hinds arrived in Liberia on 13 January 2014 having being appointed as the United Nations Police Commissioner by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in December 2013.
Mr Hinds brings 27 years of policing and law enforcement experience at local, national and international levels. Mr Hinds, a senior member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), brings to this appointment a proven record of leadership and achievement over many years, demonstrated in the challenging fields of Counter Terrorism, Serious and Organized Crime, Security Intelligence, Aviation and Community Policing. His last role prior to this appointment was as the AFP’s National Coordinator Aviation – being responsible for the AFP’s policy, governance, investigational, operational and capacity building activities across Australia’s 10 major airports, which comprised over 600 staff.
Prior to joining the AFP, Mr Hinds was a member of the New South Wales (NSW) Police for over 15 years, during which he served in a number of command, investigational, intelligence, educational and operational areas. His service included appointments as the Manager of the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence Olympic Intelligence Centre, where Mr Hinds lead the provision of strategic criminal intelligence to Sydney 2000 Olympic Games planners and decision makers. Mr Hinds concluded his NSW Police service as the Officer In Charge of Intelligence Training.
Supporting his strong operational knowledge and experience, Mr Hinds has successfully attained a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (Policing), and a Master of Leadership and Management. He is the recipient of numerous professional and other citations for operational achievements.
Mr Hinds is married with four children.