AFP State of the Art National Headquarters Officially Opened
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) April 07, 2011
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus said today’s official opening of a new state-of-the-art National Headquarters was in recognition of the vital role the organisation will continue to play in combating organised crime and establishing security at local, national, regional and global levels.
In front of hundreds of guests from a wide range of organisations, Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared the newly refurbished AFP home officially open before taking a tour of some of the building’s high-tech facilities.
The Kings Avenue premises is a national heritage-listed building created in 1974 and named the Edmund Barton Building (EBB) after the nation’s first Prime Minister.
Commissioner Negus said while the building retains its heritage facade, it has been carefully designed to meet the ever-changing needs of a 21st century law enforcement organisation which fights crime on a wide range of fronts, domestically and internationally.
“Both the building and the organisation have undergone radical change and development before coming together late last year,” said Commissioner Negus.
“This is a new globalised era in policing where key partnerships with law enforcement agencies, here and overseas, and other federal government bodies are paramount.”
The AFP’s new Headquarters, which houses over 2000 people and spans 46,000 square metres, is located on the edge of Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle, providing closer proximity to key partner agencies and a central focus for regional collaboration. It brings together staff from 10 different AFP locations.
“The need for a building of this magnitude reflects the unprecedented growth of the organisation over the past decade, which has grown from a force of just under 3000 to now, almost 7000 members,” said Commissioner Negus.
“We are already seeing the benefits and efficiencies of having all our Canberra based national operations, support and administrative staff housed under one very large roof.”
The high-security headquarters encompasses the very latest in technology which, according to Commissioner Negus, places it amongst the best law enforcement facilities in the world and will assist the organisation to deal with the challenges of the future.
This includes a new Operations Coordination Centre which will ensure the highest level of coordination and collaboration during major operations and responses to critical incidents.
The new AFP headquarters also achieves significant environmental breakthroughs, including energy efficiency initiatives and water conservation measures.
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