Media Release: AFP role in Afghanistan enhanced

Release Date: Saturday, April 24 2010, 12:00 AM

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Tony Negus today welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement on the enhancement of the AFP’s role in improving the capacity of police in Afghanistan.

“The AFP has been working closely with the Afghan National Police and the Australian Government on developing the AFP’s role in Afghanistan that will focus on the capacity development and training of the Afghan National Police,” Commissioner Negus said.

“This announcement demonstrates the importance of the AFP’s work with the Afghan National Police in Oruzgan Province and the additional deployment will enable the AFP to continue this important work in conjunction with our coalition partners.”

Since 2009, the AFP has assisted in training over 500 Afghan National Police officers in Oruzgan Province. The additional AFP members will assist in the development of the Provincial Training Centre in Tarin Kowt.

As well as police training and mentoring in Oruzgan, the AFP in Afghanistan is also involved in activity designed to contribute to the development of the Afghan National Police capacity and reinforcing the rule of law through placements in Kabul and Kandahar.

The AFP has received funding of $32.1 million over two years to undertake this role.

As part of the announcement, AFP Commander Paul Osborne has been appointed to the Senior Police Advisor position to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The UN Senior Police Advisor position will involve the coordination of a range of law enforcement programs and activities on behalf of UNAMA in partnership with the Afghan National Police and coalition law enforcement partners.

“The selection of Commander Osborne to UNAMA demonstrates the high-regard of Australian police in the international environment,” Commissioner Negus said.

“The AFP has contributed members to UN missions dating back to Cyprus in 1964 and the latest selection to UNAMA is testament to the quality and skills of AFP members.”

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