The AFP intelligence process is project-driven and directed towards delivering intelligence outputs that address identified gaps in corporate knowledge. The many projects are multi-jurisdictional in nature and draw on resources in AFP National Headquarters and the relevant local offices.
A significant portion of intelligence work incorporates value-adding to existing incoming information by conducting long term investigations.
AFP Intelligence also conducts projects that seek to fill gaps in corporate knowledge about the criminal environment and identify targets from this strategic understanding.
Intelligence officers (IO) are generally a mix of sworn and unsworn employees. Some IO's are career intelligence officers, whilst others bring contemporary operational experience to the team whilst using their deployment to enhance their skills and widen their career path choices within the AFP.
IO's engage in the collection, collation, analysis and dissemination of intelligence to support corporate intelligence objectives, including managing specific intelligence cases/projects. IO's are responsible for ensuring a seamless flow of intelligence to and from key stakeholders and clients, and supporting the production of strategic, operational and tactical intelligence in accordance with the AFP Intelligence Collection Requirements.
Intelligence support officers (ISO) are generally unsworn members. These positions provide a base entry level opportunity for persons looking to pursue a career in law-enforcement intelligence. ISO's provide assistance to other team members in the collection and generation of intelligence to support corporate intelligence objectives. They conduct basic inquiries as well as collecting, collating and analysing intelligence under the supervision of other team members. ISO's are encouraged to undertake appropriate internal and/or external training courses to equip them to advance into the IO or Analysts streams.