Law Enforcement Cooperation Program

The Australian Federal Police's Law Enforcement Cooperation Program (LECP) plays a vital role in assisting foreign law enforcement agencies to deal with transnational crime.

The program was established in 1997 and funded from allocations in the National Illicit Drugs Strategy.

The focus of the LECP was initially on cooperative law enforcement initiatives within the Asia Pacific region. The program continued to grow and, in response to the recorded successes of a number of projects, the AFP acquired additional funding from both Melanesia and People Smuggling New Policy Initiatives (NPIs) to expand the LECP to look at transnational crime issues across the globe.

The LECP supports AFP efforts offshore through bilateral and multilateral projects aimed at:

  • strengthening the capability of foreign law enforcement agencies to gather information and evidence against illicit drug traffickers through modest education and training programs for the practitioner and through modest provisions of equipment
  • developing a greater capacity to meet Australia's international priorities by being able to more effectively gather international law enforcement intelligence to support AFP operations.
  • improving law enforcement infrastructure of foreign law enforcement agencies
  • improving operational understanding dealing with international crime
  • fostering closer personal and institutional linkages.

NPI funding for the LECP ceased in 2008-2009, however in recognition of the ongoing success of the program and the support it provides to efforts of the AFP International Network, a decision was made to continue the LECP under existing AFP allocations in the Serious and Organised Crime portfolio.

LECP Achievements

Major initiative of the LECP (2009-2010)

In financial year 2009-2010 the LECP will:

  • Continue to provide funding support and assistance to the Thailand Transnational Crime Coordination Network, the Cambodian Transnational Crime Team and the Colombian Transnational Crime Team. The assistance provided by the AFP through the LECP ensures that each team/unit/network continues to service investigations in their respective agencies and requests for operational support from the AFP across all crime types in a timely, secure and effective manner.
  • Increase the AFP's commitment to the Cambodian Transnational Crime Team through the provision of funding and assistance to support a fulltime advisor to the team.
  • Move into the finalisation phase of the Southern China Amphetamine Type Stimulants project, with the provision of remaining the CMIS licences and licence fees, training and support to China's National Narcotics Control Bureau.
  • Fund and provide advice and support to the senior AFP officer recently seconded to the UNODC Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific as Program Manager. The officer will work on the ongoing development and expansion of the global Computer Based Training (CBT) program.
  • Continue to fund the attendance of officials from key law enforcement agencies in developing countries throughout the world at a number of domestic and international training courses, including:
    • Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) - Police Management Development Program.
    • AFP - Management of Serious Crime and International Management of Serious Crime programs.
    • Australian Crime Commission, Charles Sturt University and AFP – National Strategic Intelligence Course.
    • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Hanoi - Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Program.
    • University of Wollongong - Masters of Transnational Crime Prevention Program.
  • Fund AFP corporate commitments to support key initiatives including: the 30th International Crime Stoppers Conference (Brisbane, September 2009), the Heads of National Law Enforcement Agencies annual meeting, the Australasian Drug Strategy Conference and the Pacific Island Chiefs of Police Secretariat.

Major initiatives of the LECP (2008-2009)

In financial year 2008-2009 the LECP provided funds that supported:

  • The Philippines Counter Terrorism Capacity Building Project - Phase II, involving the renovation of buildings in Davao and Mindanao, delivery of equipment to the National Bureau of Investigation, continued training support, and the provision of consumables and equipment for the upgrade of the Forensics Laboratory in Davao.
  • Ongoing enhancement of the operational capability of the Transnational Crime Coordination Centre, assumed jointly between AFP International and the Indonesian National Police in July 2007.
  • AFP personnel continuing to work with the Royal Thai Police to develop the Thai Transnational Crime Coordination Network, similar to that being established in Indonesia.
  • The AFP delivery of Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) training in Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, Vietnam and Cambodia, including DVI follow-up courses delivered to Indonesia (Bali and Jakarta), Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
  • Law enforcement officers from the Asia Pacific region to attend a number of domestic and international training courses, including:
    • Australian Institute of Police Management - Police Management Development Program.
    • AFP - Management of Serious Crime and International Management of Serious Crime programs.
    • Australian Crime Commission, Charles Sturt University and AFP – National Strategic Intelligence Course.
    • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Hanoi - Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Program.
    • University of Wollongong - Masters of Transnational Crime Prevention Program.
  • AFP hosting of the 26th Interpol Specialist Group Crimes Against Children Workshop in June 2008.
  • Nine Amphetamine Type Stimulants Intelligence Training Programs, delivered in Thailand (4), China (1), Laos (1), Cambodia (1), Malaysia (1) and Burma (Myanmar) (1)
  • The ongoing development of the joint AFP/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime project, focussing on the suppression of illicit manufacturing and trafficking of ATS in Southern China.
  • The secondment of a Pacific Islands Police Officer to the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat.
  • Expansion of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Computer Based Training (CBT) network through the establishment of CBT computer laboratories in the Cook Islands and Kiribati.