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                                                                        Words: Rachel Hawes, Marketing and Communications

The AFP’s capacity building role among     “Police around the world are acutely          Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement
developing and fragile nations is well     aware of the complexities of fighting          Cooperation in Indonesia, jointly
known, however the organisation’s          transnational crime and there is              managed by the AFP and the
involvement in building policing           a growing realisation that just as            Indonesian National Police, now a
capacity in advancing nations is also a    it is important to cooperate on               popular venue for multinational training
business growth area.                      investigations, it is equally important to    in the region.
                                           collaborate on education and training,”
Despite being a relatively small                                                         China — which has a police force of
                                           Federal Agent Phelan said.
law enforcement organisation                                                             more than 1.3 million people — is
in international terms, the AFP’s          “This enables police at all levels            among many nations benefiting from
progressive approach to learning and       to develop the collective skills              AFP learning and development.
development has attracted much             and knowledge that are essential              Recently, a number of officers from
attention overseas.                        for working closely together and              China’s main police force, the Ministry
AFP National Manager Border and            understanding more about the rapidly          of Public Security (MPS), visited
International, Federal Agent Mike          evolving nature of crime.”                    Australia for a study-tour.
Phelan, said in the Asia-Pacific region
                                           The major AFP courses attracting              Among these was a 25-member
alone, more than 3000 police had
                                           increasing numbers of international           delegation of young executives
enrolled in AFP training programs since
                                           participants are the International            identified as future leaders of the MPS.
                                           Management of Serious Crime
                                                                                         Members of the group are in line
Many countries are taking part in          Program, the Management of Serious
                                                                                         for promotion to Director General
programs ranging from counter-             Crime program, and a range of
                                                                                         (Commander/Assistant Commissioner)
terrorism measures to leadership,          specialised courses provided through
                                                                                         positions, and spent almost three
intelligence, and forensic science as      the Law Enforcement Cooperation
                                                                                         weeks learning about the AFP’s
well as investigations across major        Program.
                                                                                         approach to law enforcement and the
crimes such as illicit drug trafficking,
                                           These are conducted both within               Australian criminal justice system.
sexual servitude, financial and high-tech
crime.                                     Australia and abroad, with the                                              Continued on page 33

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                                                    Participants of the Masters of Transnational Crime Program met in Canberra in April.

International capacity building
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                                            As China is an emerging superpower, there is no
                                            doubt that opportunities for crime will flourish as
They undertook AFP-sponsored study
                                            the economy continues to expand and open up.
programs in conjunction with the
University of Canberra.

In addition, the AFP is sponsoring         subjects are crucial in equipping us for       expands and opens up,” he said. “This
promising young Chinese police to          future duty,” Mr Wang said during a visit      could potentially impact on crime
undertake the Masters of Transnational     to the AFP.                                    here at home so it is important the
Crime Prevention Course, offered                                                           Australian–Sino policing relationship
through the University of Wollongong.      Subjects being studied include
                                                                                          is encouraged to develop, with these
                                           international criminal law, comparative
                                                                                          education and training initiatives
Much of the course is studied by           criminal justice, intelligence, corporate
                                                                                          providing a vehicle from which we can
distance education, with the two latest    crime and international cooperation in
                                                                                          learn more from each other.”
scholarship recipients, Wei Zhang and      crime prevention.
Xuejun Wang, recently undertaking a
                                                                                          Other countries benefiting from the
study tour component of the program in     A recent graduate of the program was
                                                                                          AFP’s learning and development
Australia.                                 posted to senior positions with Interpol
                                                                                          programs include Indonesia, Brunei,
                                           in France, as well as with the United
Ms Zhang is working as Deputy                                                             Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, The
                                           Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Director at the Interpol Division of the                                                  Philippines, Singapore, Thailand,
International Cooperation Department       Federal Agent Phelan said investments          Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India,
of the MPS, while Mr Wang is Deputy        such as these were crucial to the              South Korea and Taiwan.
Director of the General Office of the        AFP’s future success, building the
                                           vital knowledge and networks to                International training courses planned
Information and Communication
                                                                                          for later this year include disaster
Department of the MPS.                     better position the organisation for
                                                                                          victim identification, post-blast incident
                                           preventing and fighting crime.
“We feel very privileged to have been                                                     management, international intelligence,
chosen to undertake the Wollongong         “As China is an emerging superpower,           advanced firearms identification and
University Masters Course as it is         there is no doubt opportunities for            transnational sexual exploitation
internationally renowned and the           crime will flourish as the economy              investigations.

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