Media Release: AFP and INP mark 10 years since Bali bombings
Release Date: Friday, October 12 2012, 03:48 PM
The Australian Federal Police and the Indonesian National Police (INP) will pause today to reflect on the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings and the close relationship the tragedy forged between the two law enforcement agencies.
AFP Commissioner Tony Negus said that out of the terrible circumstances of the bombings, an even stronger relationship was built between the AFP and INP.
“The AFP’s support to the Indonesian response to the Bali bombings was one of the most significant and resource intensive operations the AFP has ever undertaken,” Commissioner Negus said.
“Today we recognise the work done by the AFP and INP members immediately after and in the 10 years since the terrible attack in 2002.
“The support, known as Operation Alliance, included approximately 500 AFP members who worked on matters relating to the bombings, including almost 100 personnel based in Indonesia.
“This operation laid the foundation for a continuing close working relationship which remains strong to this day, with our two agencies continuing to work closely to disrupt the work of terrorists and bring them to justice.”
Since 2002, the AFP has significantly expanded its presence in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region, working with the INP on a range of capacity building and crime fighting initiatives.
The AFP currently has 23 officers working alongside INP in Indonesia.
Since 2004 the joint Indonesian-Australian academic facility, the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation, has trained more than 11,000 regional law enforcement students in various disciplines.
Head of the INP Narcotics Bureau, General Gories Nere, said he values the close relationship shared between the two agencies.
“Since 2002, the AFP and Indonesian National Police have continued to nurture and develop a close and corporative relationship, General Gories said.
“I look forward to many more successful years ahead.”
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