AFP across the world

The AFP's International Command incorporates Liaison Officers, Police Advisors and Missions.

International Command 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.

International posts and areas of responsibility

Community policing in external territories

ACT Policing are responsible for managing community policing in Australia's external territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and Jervis Bay.

Regions and areas of responsibility

Americas

Bogotá

Area of Responsibility
Colombia Argentina Bermuda
Bolivia Brazil Chile
Ecuador the Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) French Guiana (France)
Guyana Paraguay Peru
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom) Suriname Uruguay
Venezuela Anguilla (United Kingdom) Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba (Netherlands) Barbados Bonaire (Netherlands)
Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) Curacao (Netherlands) Dominican Republic
Grenada Guadeloupe (France) Haiti
Jamaica Martinique Montserrat (United Kingdom)
Saba (Netherlands) Saint Martin (France) Saint Kitts and Nevis (Netherlands)
Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sint Eustatius (Netherlands)
Sint Maarten (Netherlands) Trinidad and Tobago  

Mexico City

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

Los Angeles

Area of Responsibility
Canada (West Coast) USA (West Coast)

Washington

Area of Responsibility
Canada (East Coast) United Nations Police and Security Issues USA (East Coast)
St Pierre & Miquelon Greenland the Bahamas
Bermuda Puerto Rico the Turks and Caicos Islands
United States 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

Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) & AFP Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP)

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP) is a four year program which commenced in 2021. The AFP has committed to a significant level of investment over the life of the program which is focused on the AFP’s provision of technical assistance and operational enabling assistance to support RSIPF with operational delivery of policing services in Solomon Islands (SI).

The program has six (6) delivery pillars which align to the RSIPF Executive structure to embed local ownership of the police-to-police operational partnership strategy. The strategy maps opportunities where the partnership will enable RSIPF and the AFP to leverage off each other’s strengths to detect, disrupt, prevent and prosecute domestic and overseas-based criminals operating in our region. It highlights how the partnership will collaboratively build upon current capabilities with RSIPF to deliver against those operational outcomes.

Solomons’ International Assistance Force (SIAF)

On 24 November 2021, the Australian Government received a request from the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) for assistance in response to protests in Honiara. Under the AFP led Operation SKYRAY the AFP was able to work with the RSIPF to quickly restore law and order, which continues to be maintained.

The SIAF was established to maintain this law and order. It is a police-led response, supported by military components delivered under the SIAF Bilateral Security Agreement (BST). Under the SIAF the AFP works in partnership in roles such as Public Order Management, community engagement, event based policing, targeted operations and uniform policing.

The SIAF deployment is a short term security arrangement mission under the BST and the RAPPP is the AFP’s long term operational police-to-police partnership endorsed by the SIG cabinet. The members deployed under the two different arrangements work in harmony to complement Government of Australia objective of remaining the SI partner of choice for security in the region.

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.

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 28 locally staffed Transnational Crime Units (TCUs) in 20 countries including Guam, New Caledonia, 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, New Zealand, Australia 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

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