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Encyclopedia > Australian Federal Police
Australian Federal Police
To Fight Crime Together and Win
Established: October 19, 1979
Headed by: Commissioner Mick Keelty
Ministry: Justice and Customs
Headquarters: 68 Northbourne Avenue,
Canberra City, ACT 2601, Australia
Employees: 5,567 (2005-2006)[1]
Major units:
http://www.afp.gov.au/

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the federal police agency of the Commonwealth of Australia. Although the AFP was created by the amalgamation in 1979 of three Commonwealth law enforcement agencies, it traces it history from Commonwealth law enforcement agencies dating back to federation in 1901. is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Michael (Mick) Joseph Keelty (born 13 July 1954), Australian police officer, is the current Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police. ... This is a list of Australian Commonwealth Government departments, bureaus, authorities and commissions. ... The Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC) is an Australia wide policing intitiative to coordinate the efforts of Australian law enforcement in combating serious crime involving complex technology. ... Federal police agencies are responsible for the enforcement of federal laws in countries with a federal constitution. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The role of the AFP is to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth, both criminal law and civil law and to protect the interests of the Commonwealth both domestically and internationally. The term criminal law, sometimes called penal law, refers to any of various bodies of rules in different jurisdictions whose common characteristic is the potential for unique and often severe impositions as punishment for failure to comply. ... Civil law has at least three meanings. ...


The current head of the AFP is Commissioner Michael Joseph (Mick) Keelty APM. Police Commissioner (or Commissioner of Police) is the title of the chief officer of many law enforcement agencies. ... Michael (Mick) Joseph Keelty (born 13 July 1954), Australian police officer, is the current Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police. ...

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History

The AFP was formed on October 19, 1979 under the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 [2] after the merging of the former Commonwealth Police and the Australian Capital Territory Police. In November 1979, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics of the Australian Customs Service was transferred to the new agency. [3] In 1984 the Protective Service component of the AFP was separated forming the Australian Protective Service, subsequently that government agency was transferred back to the AFP in 2004. is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Commonwealth Police was the national police / federal police agency for the Commonwealth of Australia. ... In 1911 the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was proclaimed as the seat of Australian government. ... Security at the residences of the Governor-General and the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia is entrusted to the Australian Protective Service, a division of the Australian Federal Police, which was formed in 1984. ...


The AFP is part of the Attorney-General's portfolio, and the AFP Commissioner reports to the Minister for Justice and Customs. [4] The Attorney-General of Australia is the chief law officer of the Crown and a member of the Federal Cabinet. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Roles and functions today

The AFP enforces Commonwealth law and protect Commonwealth and national interests from crime in Australia and overseas. The AFP provides community policing to the ACT, the Jervis Bay Territory, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The AFP also provides protective services to, for and on behalf of the Australian Government. Capital Canberra Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator none Chief Minister Jon Stanhope (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2006)  - Product ($m)  $19,167 (6th)  - Product per capita  $57,303/person (1st) Population (End of November 2006)  - Population  333,667 (7th)  - Density  137. ... The Jervis Bay Territory is a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia. ... The Commonwealth of Australia is a constitutional monarchy, a federation, and a parliamentary democracy. ...


The AFP is Australia's international law enforcement and policing representative and the chief advisor on policing issues to the Australian Government. Internationally, the AFP maintains an extensive liaison network, posting officers in 33 overseas posts. The AFP works closely and collaboratively with all of the Australian police forces and criminal investigative agencies.


The AFP consists of a workforce of over 4800, consisting of police officers, protective service officers and employees.


National activities

Federal Agents (police officers) are located in every Australian capital city and internationally and form the largest component of AFP staff, chiefly performing criminal investigations.


Federal Agents investigate and enforce Commonwealth criminal law. The key priorities of the organisation are set by the Australian Minister for Justice and Customs through a legislative ministerial 'direction'.


The current areas of focus for the AFP:

The AFP hosts the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, the National Missing Persons Coordination Unit, the Australian Interpol National Central Bureau and the Australian Bomb Data Centre. Panamanian motor vessel Gatun during the largest cocaine bust in United States Coast Guard history (20 tons), off the coast of Panama. ... People smuggling is a term which is used to describe the illegal and organised smuggling of people across international boundaries, usually for financial gain. ... In the broadest sense, a fraud is a deception made for personal gain. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... Transnational crime is a term used by some elements of law enforcement. ... Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions in order to conceal the identity, source and destination of the money in question. ... Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... The Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC) is an Australia wide policing intitiative to coordinate the efforts of Australian law enforcement in combating serious crime involving complex technology. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Community policing activities

The AFP provides community policing services to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). This is provided through a contractual arrangement between the Australian Government and the ACT Government. Known as ACT Policing, its mission is to keep the peace and preserve public safety. Key sections of ACT Policing include general duties, crime and safety management, criminal investigations, crime prevention, traffic operations and criminal intelligence. The head of ACT Policing is known as the Chief Police Officer of the Australian Capital Territory. Capital Canberra Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator none Chief Minister Jon Stanhope (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2006)  - Product ($m)  $19,167 (6th)  - Product per capita  $57,303/person (1st) Population (End of November 2006)  - Population  333,667 (7th)  - Density  137. ...


A review of aviation security in Australia in 2005 led to the streamlining of security at all major Australian airports, a new section 'Airport Uniform Policing' was established as a result of the review. Members of State and the Northern Territory police agencies are seconded to the AFP to provide policing services at each of the 11 major Australian airports.


AFP officers also perform community policing within the mainland Jervis Bay Territory and the external territories of Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The Jervis Bay Territory is a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia. ...


AFP members also provide a mix of peacekeeping and community policing services in a number of overseas missions.


Protection activities

AFP 'Uniform Protection' provides protective security for the Australian Government at key locations throughout Australia and internationally. Uniform Protection members provide a Counter Terrorism First Response security to many major Australian airports, foreign embassies and consulates and Australian Government buildings and installations. Officers within this section of the AFP are Protective Service Officers (PSO) and have law enforcement powers similar to police officers, such as the power to stop, search and arrest individuals who commit certain federal offences.


Federal Agents are responsible for the personal protection of Australian and non-Australian high office holders and other interests as are identified by the Australian Government.


International deployments

Since its inception, the AFP has had a long tradition of involvement in international peacekeeping and policing. This area of the AFP, known as the International Deployment Group, has greatly increased over recent years necessitating the secondment of police officers from other Australian police forces. It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ...


Since 1964, Australia has contributed police officers to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. AFP officers also presently serve with the United Nations in Afghanistan, East Timor and Sudan. Previous peacekeeping missions have included Haiti, Mozambique, Thailand, Namibia, South Africa and Somalia. The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established in 1964 to prevent a recurrence of fighting between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. ...


In recent years, Australian Government efforts to assist neighbouring countries with institutional capacity building has led to AFP deployments to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Vanuatu.


The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is a new type of international deployment, with the police forming one large component of a large government assistance mission. The mission is a partnership of 15 pacific region countries and the Solomon Islands Government in a long-term exercise aimed at helping create the conditions necessary for a return to stability, peace and a growing economy. Map of the Solomon Islands The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), also known as Operation Helpem Fren, was created in 2003 in response to a request for international aid by the Governor-General of the Solomon Islands. ...


Commissioners

The AFP's senior officer holds the rank of Commissioner.

  • 1979 - 1982 Sir Colin Woods KCVO CBE QPM
  • 1983 - 1988 Major General Ronald Grey AO DSO
  • 1988 - 1994 Peter McAulay AO QPM
  • 1994 - 2001 Mick Palmer AO APM
  • 2001 - present Mick Keelty APM

APM, apm, or Apm may refer to one of the following. ... APM, apm, or Apm may refer to one of the following. ...

See also

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The CrimTrac Agency was established on 1 July 2000, to assist Australian police services to take advantage of recent forensic science, information technology and communications developments and enable information exchange across state and federal jurisdictions. ... Federal police agencies are responsible for the enforcement of federal laws in countries with a federal constitution. ... National police are the primary source of law enforcement activities in some countries, such as Italy, France and Japan, and are organised on a national basis. ... This is a list of Australian Federal Police officers killed in the line of duty. ... Subdued tactical patch worn by AFP SRS officers The Specialist Response and Security unit is the Police Tactical Group of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). ... PTG Officers from various States during multi-agency NATEX Blue Luminary 06 Police Tactical Groups, formly known as Police Assault Groups are part of the Australian Governments National Anti-Terrorism Plan which requires since 1978 each State and Territory Police Force to maintain a specialist counter-terrorist and hostage rescue...

References

  1. ^ At a Glance (section) - AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE ANNUAL REPORT 2005–06
  2. ^ AFP governance framework
  3. ^ Documenting Democracy. National Archives of Australia.
  4. ^ AFP governance framework

External links

  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian High Tech Crime Centre home page
  • Australian Government Online

  Results from FactBites:
 
Australian Federal Police - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (785 words)
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the federal or Commonwealth police force of Australia.
The Australian Federal Police was formed on 19 October 1979 by the merging of the Commonwealth Police, the Australian Capital Territory Police and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics [1].
The AFP's role in investigating the Bali bombing incident on 12 October 2002, alongside Indonesian authorities, significantly enhanced the organisations public profile and led to the perpetrators being convicted in Indonesian courts.
Talk:Australian Federal Police - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (713 words)
The local police refused to arrest the man who had thrown the egg, and the Premier of Queensland likewise refused, claiming that no state law had been broken.
In any case, the AFP, prior to the merging of the APS in 1981, was not responsible for the protection of officials, revealing the irrelevance of this statement.--Cyberjunkie 05:16, 20 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Sworn police are responsible for both "Witness Protection" and "Close Personal Protection" within the AFP (despite the efforts of certain persons within APS).
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