Definitions for prevention, disruption, response and enforcement

The following definitions are currently being used for reporting and case studies in the AFP's performance framework (see PBS and Corporate Plan). As all police services employ and deliver enforcement, response, prevention and disruption strategies and impacts, it is relevant to define how the AFP approaches these concepts. The interpretation is shaped by the agency's national remit and international engagement per the AFP Act 1979 (Cth). In areas like response for example, the AFP has a clearly differentiated role to state and territory services.


Any lawful action that limits or removes the cause of offending and/or victimisation.


Any lawful action that interferes, delays or complicates a criminal activity, resulting in the degradation of criminal enterprise, reducing criminal capability, influence, and capacity to create harm and victimisation.


Any timely and lawful action taken to address an incident or matter, which requires immediate attention to either limit the harm from: a criminal act; an offence continuing; an unsafe situation and an emergency; or to support policing efforts to secure evidence or locate/detain an offender.


Using legislation and police powers to undertake police services, and provide police support services to domestic and foreign partners, to minimise harm, support prosecution of criminal acts, fulfil legislated duties, assist with intelligence exchange and support a good global order.

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