Cherrone Ellis has been a member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Forensics for seventeen years. During this time Ms Ellis has assisted in several major post blast investigations including the Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta (2004), the Valentine’s Day bombings in Philippines (2005), the Jimbaran Bay bombings in Indonesia (2005) and the death of Dr Azhari, believed to be the technical mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings, in Indonesia (2005). More recently Ms Ellis deployed to the Netherlands to assist in the forensic investigation into the MH17 disaster (2014 and 2015).
Ms Ellis previously coordinated the development and implementation of the Australian Federal Police CBR Crime Scene Examination Course and has delivered several post blast training courses at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Co-operation (JCLEC) Training Facility in Indonesia. Recently Ms Ellis participated on the Canadian Defence Exercise Ardent Defender (a three week explosive ordinance exploitation exercise with participation from EOD Teams from all over the world).
Ms Ellis holds an Associate Diploma in Pathology, a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Diploma of Forensic Investigation and a Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation.
She is currently the Forensic Coordinator for two AFP Counter Terrorism investigations and operates within the Forensic Operations Centre and the Forensic Counter Terrorism and Rapid Response Teams of AFP Forensics. Role responsibilities include triaging and case management, coordination of operational rapid deployments and overarching management of AFP Forensics Counter Terrorism investigations and capabilities.
In January 2017 AFP Forensics management supported the development of the AFP Hazardous Scenes Capability and Ms Ellis is the project lead for this new initiative.