AFP across the world

International Operations incorporates Liaison Officers, Police Advisors and Missions.

International Operations consists of five regions, each with a Regional Manager. The Regional Managers are responsible for overseeing and providing strategic leadership and guidance for Senior Liaison Officers and Advisors and implementing region wide law enforcement areas of emphasis and responsibilities. The posts within each region have responsibility for a number of countries within that region.

To view AFP International posts and areas of responsibility, select a link below:

International Operations is also responsible for managing community policing in Australia's external territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and Jervis Bay.

Strong partnerships with other key Commonwealth agencies, state and territory police services, international organisations and the private sector remain critical to the effective delivery of the AFP's International Operations business.

Regions and areas of responsibility

Americas

Bogota

Area of Responsibility
Colombia Argentina Bermuda
Bolivia Brazil Chile
Ecuador the Falkland Islands French Guiana
Guyana Paraguay Peru
South Georgia the South Sandwich Islands Suriname
Uruguay Venezuela  

Mexico City

Area of Responsibility
Mexico Belize Costa Rica
El Salvador Guatemala Honduras
Nicaragua Panama

New York

Area of Responsibility
Canada United Nations Police and Security Issues

Los Angeles

Area of Responsibility
Belize Canada (West Coast) El Salvador
Guatemala Honduras Mexico
Nicaragua USA (West Coast)

Washington

Area of Responsibility
USA (East Coast) St Pierre & Miquelon Greenland
Antigua & Barbuda Anguilla Aruba
the Bahamas Barbados the Cayman Islands
Cuba Dominica the Dominican Republic
Grenada Guadeloupe Haiti
Jamaica Martinique Montserrat
the Netherlands Antilles Puerto Rico St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Trinidad & Tobago
the Turks and Caicos Islands the Virgin Islands  

Asia

Bangkok

Area of Responsibility
Thailand

Beijing

Area of Responsibility
China Mongolia North Korea

Colombo

Area of Responsibility
Maldives Sri Lanka

Guangzhou

Area of Responsibility
Southern China

Hanoi

Area of Responsibility
Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Area of Responsibility
Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City region

Hong Kong

Area of Responsibility
Hong Kong Japan Macau SAR
South Korea Taiwan

Islamabad

Area of Responsibility
Afghanistan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan
Pakistan Tajikistan Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan

New Delhi

Area of Responsibility
Bhutan India Nepal

Phnom Penh

Area of Responsibility
Cambodia

Yangon

Area of Responsibility
Bangladesh Laos Myanmar

Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Amman

Area of Responsibility
Iraq Israel Jordan
Palestinian Territories

Ankara

Area of Responsibility
Turkey Azerbaijan Georgia Iran

Beirut

Area of Responsibility
Algeria Armenia Cyprus
Egypt Lebanon Libya
Mauritania Morocco Syria
Tunisia

Belgrade

Area of Responsibility
Albania Belarus Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bulgaria Croatia Greece
Hungary Kosovo Macedonia
Malta Moldova Montenegro
Romania Russia Serbia
Slovakia Slovenia Ukraine

Dubai

Area of Responsibility
Bahrain Chad Djibouti
Eritrea Kuwait Oman
Qatar Saudi Arabia Somalia
South Sudan Sudan United Arab Emirates
Yemen

London

Area of Responsibility
Andorra Channel Islands France
Gibraltar Ireland Isle of Man
Monaco Portugal Spain
United Kingdom

Pretoria

Area of Responsibility
Angola Benin Botswana
Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon
Cape Verde Central African Republic Comoros
Democratic Republic of Congo
(formerly Zaire)
Equatorial Guinea Eswatini
Ethiopia Gabon Gambia
Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau
Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho
Liberia Madagascar Malawi
Mali Mauritius Mayotte
Mozambique Namibia Niger
Nigeria Republic of Congo Reunion
Rwanda Sao Tome & Principe Senegal
Seychelles Sierra Leone South Africa
Tanzania Togo Uganda
Western Sahara Zambia Zimbabwe

The Hague

Area of Responsibility
Austria Belgium Czech Republic
Denmark Estonia Faeroe Island (Denmark)
Finland Germany Iceland
Italy Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Netherlands
Norway Poland San Marino
Svalbard & Jan Mayen (Norway) Sweden Switzerland
Vatican City

Pacific and External Territories

Port Moresby

Area of Responsibility
Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands

Suva

Area of Responsibility
American Samoa Cook Islands Fiji
French Polynesia Kiribati New Caledonia
Nuie Samoa Tokelau
Tonga Tuvalu Wallis & Futuna
Vanuatu

Solomon Islands

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) commenced in 2003 in a response to a request from the Solomon Islands Government, after a significant breakdown of law and order. RAMSI's initial mandate was to restore law and order and by 2004 the security situation had stabilised.

Police development efforts, delivered by RAMSI's Participating Police Force (PPF), are focused on establishing a Royal Solomon Islands Police Force that operates effectively and independently of RAMSI. The PPF is compiled of sworn and unsworn AFP members, along with members from New Zealand and other Pacific Island nations.

RAMSI will conclude on 30 June 2017 and will be replaced with a bilateral program comprising policing, law & justice and governance.

Timor-Leste

Commencing in July 2004, the Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) is a bilateral capacity building program of assistance to the Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste through an agreement between the Government of Timor-Leste and the Government of Australia. The objectives of the TLPDP are to assist the Government of Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste to build the foundations of an effective and accountable police service. The program focuses on the provision of advice, training, infrastructure and enabling tools. The TLPDP comprises sworn AFP officers, unsworn AFP staff, civilian specialists and locally employed staff.

Pacific Police Development Program

The Pacific Police Development Program (PPDP) is an Australian Government initiative supporting a broad range of police development activities throughout the Pacific region. The program works with police in Pacific nations on improving the rule of law as a prerequisite for economic, social and political development of the region. The program operates a regional component, the Pacific Police Development Program Regional (PPDPR) as well as country specific bilateral programs in Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

The PPDPR provides a range of services bilaterally to AFP missions as well as direct in-country support to Kiribati, Niue, Tuvalu, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, Cook Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. PPDPR projects are delivered under six interrelated program components: Strategic Partnerships; Leadership and Management; Learning and Development; Corporate Service Reform; Legal Frameworks; and Gender.

PPDPR promotes the safety and security of Pacific Island communities through effective operational policing under the motto 'for Pacific by Pacific'.

Nauru

The Nauru Police Force Capacity Program (NPFCP) is a bilateral program that was established under a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Nauru in November 2004. The focus of the NPFPCP has been to develop and implement the foundations necessary for a professional, contemporary and competent policing organisation assisted by the development of governance instruments and systems, training and the provision of necessary physical resources.

Samoa

The Samoa Australia Police Partnership (SAPP) commenced in 2009 and is currently a component of the Pacific Police Development Program, which is an Australian government initiative supporting a broad range of bilateral and multi-country police capacity development initiatives throughout the Pacific region. The program is focused on strengthening core policing functions, organisational leadership, management and corporate support within the Samoan Police Service.

Tonga

The Tonga Police Development Program (TPDP) is a joint commitment with Australia, New Zealand and Tonga. TPDP supports the Tongan Police to achieve the goal of 'a trusted and respected policing service that works in partnership to reduce crime and build safe and secure communities.'

The AFP's contribution to the TPDP directly supports the Australian aid program's objective of helping people overcome poverty by promoting safety and security through improved operational effectiveness of Pacific police.

Vanuatu

In 2001, the Government of Vanuatu requested assistance from the Australian government to improve the capabilities of the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF). Work commenced the following year and continued in varying capacity up until February 2011 when the Vanuatu Australia Police Project (VAPP) was formed. The VAPP is fully funded by the Government of Australia Official Development Assistance funds through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australian Aid Program and utilises the technical expertise from the AFP, in the form of Advisors. The VAPP continues its support for law enforcement capacity building initiatives, focusing on the recruit training and professionalism of the VPF, infrastructure, workforce renewal and improvement to internal governance.

Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership commenced in 2008. At that time, the AFP deployed 17 officers to Port Moresby, working within Bomana Police College, Internal Affairs Directorate, Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate and the Office of Reform.

In 2013, the AFP expanded the Mission following the agreement between Prime Ministers Rudd and O'Neill. That agreement included a small group of AFP officers to Lae.

The Agreement between Papua New Guinea and Australia highlights the requirement for highly visible policing activities. AFP officers work at local police stations in Port Moresby and Lae and undertake a range of duties in support of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, principally front office enquiries, custody management and station management.

Cyprus

United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is one of the longest running UN Peacekeeping missions. It was established in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the island.

Since a de facto ceasefire in August 1974, UNFICYP has supervised the ceasefire lines; provided humanitarian assistance and maintained a buffer zone. The ceasefire lines extend over 180 kilometres across the island.

The AFP is in the process of withdrawing its members from UNFICYP with the AFP contribution to cease by June 2017.

External Territories

AFP International Operations is responsible for the delivery of community policing services to the Jervis Bay Territory and the Australian External Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island. AFP members at these locations perform a variety of policing and related functions including Australian customs; border protection and immigration functions; responsibilities for land and maritime search and rescue operations and coordination and community policing.

For more information on Australia's External Territories please refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Pacific Transnational Crime Network

The Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN) was established by the AFP in 2002 to provide a proactive, tactical, transnational criminal intelligence network for Pacific law enforcement agencies.

The PTCN consists of 24 locally staffed Transnational Crime Units (TCUs) in 16 Pacific Island countries including Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Nauru, Tuvalu, American Samoa and the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre (PTCCC) in Apia, Samoa.

South East Asia

Bali

Area of Responsibility
Bali Region of Indonesia including West Timor and West Papua

Jakarta

Area of Responsibility
Indonesia

Kuala Lumpur

Area of Responsibility
Malaysia

Manila

Area of Responsibility
Philippines

Singapore

Area of Responsibility
Brunei Singapore

Contact International Operations (IO)

AFP Operations Centre Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 02 6126 7755

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