As of November 2007, the AFP is part of the Home Affairs Ministry, and the AFP Commissioner reports to the Minister of Home Affairs, currently Bob Debus. Prior to the creation of the Home Affairs portfolio in November 2007, the AFP answered to the Minister for Justice and Customs.
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 federal agents, protective service officers and employees.
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 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.
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 members also provide a mix of peacekeeping and community policing services in a number of overseas missions.
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.
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 East Timor and Sudan. Previous peacekeeping missions have included Haiti, Mozambique, Thailand, Namibia, South Africa and Somalia.
In recent years, Australian Government efforts to assist neighbouring and remote countries with institutional capacity building has led to AFP deployments to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Tonga, Vanuatu and Afghanistan.
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.
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