AFP Opens New Office in Los Angeles
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) April 10, 2011
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has today opened a new office in Los Angeles, a facility that represents a further strengthening of the law enforcement relationship between Australia and the United States.
The office will have responsibility for liaison with the west coasts of the United States, Canada and Mexico, and will also work closely with the AFP office in Bogota, Colombia.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Zuccato opened the new facility today, describing it as an important step in combating national and international crime.
“The Australia and US alliance is fundamental to Australia’s national security interests, and the AFP enjoys a close working relationship with US law enforcement agencies,” Assistant Commissioner Zuccato said.
“In an increasingly globalised world, transnational crime is a growing threat. Australia and the United States share many common transnational threats including drug trafficking, terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime. This new office will enable both AFP and our US counterparts to build their capacity to fight crime in their respective jurisdictions.”
Attending the opening of the new office were US law enforcement representatives from a range of agencies including the FBI, Secret Service, Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, as well as Australian Government officials from the Australian Consulate.
The main priorities for the AFP office will centre around investigations into technology enabled crime, money laundering, drug trafficking, identity crime, terrorism, child sex exploitation, people smuggling and fraud. Having a presence in Los Angeles also provides opportunities to enhance co-operation with private sector organisations, specifically in the technology sector.
The opening of the LA post brings the total number of AFP International Network members currently posted overseas to 105, stationed in 31 posts around the world.
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