I am pleased to launch the AFP Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2023–26. This Strategy sets our diversity and inclusion priorities and outcomes for the next four years and supports our strategic workforce approach and delivery of agile and adaptive capabilities that meet our future needs.
Diversity and inclusion are critical to delivering operational success and readiness. Delivering maximum impact to the criminal environment requires us to be as diverse and dynamic as the environment we operate in, and the communities we serve.
It is my expectation that all AFP Commands integrate the principles of diversity and inclusion into their day-to-day practices and that we all take equal ownership and accountability for achieving the objectives of this strategy, in support of our operational and strategic priorities.
The different perspectives, approaches and lived experiences of our people are key to our success as a leading law enforcement agency. We must ensure we have an AFP culture that supports our people to feel safe, respected, connected and engaged.
A key focus of this strategy will be to improve psychological safety, and a culture where everyone feels confident to ask questions, seek help, report mistakes, raise concerns and offer suggestions without fear of negative consequences.
A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, that values psychological safety, strengthens our ability to innovate and problem solve in new ways, keeping us a step ahead to outsmart serious crime.
We must achieve an AFP workforce composed of people who reflect and understand the community they serve. It is critical we embrace our different perspectives and experiences to strengthen our collective intelligence and build trust internally, with our partners and the community.
Reece P Kershaw APM