AFP Remain in Control of Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island

Christmas Island, Australia ( March 22, 2011

AFP Remain in Control of Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island

AFP Remain in Control of Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) remains in control of the Northwest Point Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) at the request of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

This will remain the case until order is restored and the safety and security of all people can be reasonably guaranteed.
The AFP will not speculate on the timeframe for that to occur.

It was another calm night at the centre, the third calm night in succession since the escalation of violence that occurred last Thursday night.

However, the AFP does have resources at hand to effectively and quickly respond to any issues that may arise at the centre and within the Christmas Island community.

Community safety on Christmas Island remains our highest concern.

The AFP, in collaboration with DIAC and SERCO, is currently involved in an operation to process the detainees within the centre and redirect them to their assigned areas.

Until this process is complete, the AFP will not speculate on official numbers within the centre.

It’s important to state that, at this stage, all detainees have been compliant in this process.

Working together with DIAC and SERCO, the AFP has also taken active steps to ensure the infrastructure at the IDC is secure.

Significant progress has been made.

The Electronic Detection and Deterrent System at the facility has been activated since Friday evening as a result of the disturbances last week. Detainees have been notified of this action.

Until an official head-count is concluded, it would be premature to comment on any active search plans for detainees that may potentially remain outside the centre.

The AFP is conducting patrols around the IDC precinct and the AFP has boosted numbers to the Christmas Island police force to increase patrols and reassure the community.

The AFP has deployed a substantial, highly skilled and capable force onto Christmas Island that is able to deal with any contingency.

There are currently 188 AFP members on the island, including general duties officers, negotiators, operational response group, protective services and a canine handler and dog.

For operational reasons, it would not appropriate to comment further at this stage.

The safety and security of the Christmas Island community remains a priority.

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