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Now in its 4th consecutive year, the 2018 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference will this year be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

This year, Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings, Commander, Marine Area Command, NSW Police Force joins us as a Keynote Speaker.

Mark Hutchings

Mark will be presenting on a Search and Rescue Mission conducted by the Marine Area Command in 2017 which occurred at 200nm where launch Nemesis in conjunction with Australian Maritime Safety Authority rescued two persons from sailing vessel, `VALLA’

The crew from Launch Nemesis recently received the National Maritime Safety Award for this rescue for 2017. Mark will also touch on Legislative Responsibility for the Coordination and Control of Marine Rescue incidents and agency arrangements for NSW.


Mark joined the NSW Police Force in 1981 and after conducting General Duties on the Central Coast commenced criminal investigations in 1987 at the Entrance Police Station. He continued his career at the Major Crime Squad North Region, National Crime Authority, NSW Crime Commission and Specialist Operations.  Mark also performed duties as a Police Negotiator at State and National Level. In 1999 he was awarded a Commissioners Commendation for the arrest of an offender for his involvement in a 1500kg drug importation from Malaysia. He was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector, Crime Manager in 2002.

In 2004 he was promoted to Detective Superintendent, Operations Manager Central Metropolitan region and responsible for the coordination of all major events, operations and criminal investigations for this region. This included the operational response to the Cronulla Riots in 2005. In 2006 Mark was appointed as the Commissioners Chief of staff, Chief Superintendent to former Commissioner, Ken Moroney.

In 2008 he was appointed Commander, Marine Area Command responsible for all state-wide marine related crime and the coordination and control of all marine search and rescue incidents.  During his career he has been responsible for a number of corporate projects including the `Domestic Violence Intervention Response’ program, NRL Banning notices, NSW Police Bushfire Response and the National Protocols for reporting crimes at sea.

In 2014 Mark was appointed by the Police Minister to Chair, the NSW Safer Waters Sub-Committee to address Coastal and Inland water drowning. Under the auspice of this committee a project to address `Rock Fishing Fatalities’ has led to the introduction of the Rock Fishing Safety Bill, 2016.

We’re looking forward to another successful event in 2018 and we hope to see you there. If you would like further information on the 2018 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference please visit www.sar.anzdmc.com.au


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