Customs and traditions

The AFP symbols represent the AFP's instruments of rank and authority and distinctly identify members of the AFP from those of other police services.

These symbols include the badgethe AFP emblemthe police flag and the shoulder patch and rank insignia

An account of the organisation's history can be found at: Australian Federal Police - The First Thirty Years (PDF 6.5MB)


Recognition and Ceremonial Team are the guardian of the AFP Customs and Traditions.

Recognition Ceremonial and Protocol Team
GPO Box 401
Canberra City ACT 2601

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