Commissioner signs policing pact with Myanmar

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has reaffirmed its commitment to collaboration with international partners, formalising cooperation with Myanmar law enforcement authorities today.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Sydney yesterday (Monday 13 June) morning with the Chief of the Myanmar Police Force (MPF), Major General Zaw Win.

The MoU outlines each agency’s commitment to working together to combat transnational crime, boost police cooperation, and share intelligence.

Commissioner Colvin said the AFP already worked closely with the MPF, and noted the collaboration had resulted in a host of successful operational outcomes.

“Direct operational coordination between the AFP and MPF has been conducted over a number of years including collaboration on major operations in relation to illicit drug trafficking and other transnational crime types,” Commissioner Colvin said.

The AFP Senior Liaison Officer based in Yangon liaises with local authorities and provides support to build capacity through the provision of training and equipment on a range of transnational crime types.

“Capacity building among our law enforcement partners in South-East Asia remains key to regional security. As part of this agreement, the AFP will continue to provide technical advice and mentoring to our friends in Myanmar,” Commissioner Colvin said.

“This MOU follows formal partnerships signed in recent weeks with Cambodia and Thailand law enforcement agencies. The AFP is proud to establish these ground breaking agreements with our partners to jointly address serious crimes.”

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