Management of Serious Crime Program

Management Of Serious Crime (MOSC)

The MOSC Vision:
“To develop leadership capability and investigative mastery of complex serious crime investigations and evolve a national and international cadre of senior crime leaders contributing to global efforts to combat serious crime”.

The Management of Serious Crime (MOSC) Program was established in 1991 and is regarded as the AFP’s flagship training program and Australasian policing’s premier training program for leaders of complex serious crime investigations. 

Since 1991, the MOSC Program has evolved from an internal AFP training program for senior members investigating serious and complex crime to an internationally recognised program with participation from Australia’s policing services, New Zealand Police, commonwealth agencies and international policing and law enforcement partners from around the world.

The focus of the MOSC Program is on leadership and collaboration in complex serious crime investigations. The principal objective of the MOSC Program is the development of leadership capability and investigative mastery of senior crime leaders to effectively lead serious crime investigations involving complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty with an emphasis on multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional collaboration. It seeks to engender an understanding of the concept of ‘police diplomacy’ and the importance of international engagement and collaboration. 

It also aims to develop the capability of senior crime leaders to contribute to, and influence efforts to combat serious crime through strategy, policy and capability development both organisationally, nationally and internationally.

A further objective is the invigoration and continuing contribution to the collaborative network of MOSC Program Alumni that stretches across Australia and around the world and promoting continued networking and a community of practice supporting ongoing professional development.

Program philosophy

The MOSC Program institutes a world-class professional development experience for senior crime leaders from Australasian and international law enforcement organisations. The MOSC Program promotes a unique and enduring journey supported by continuous collaboration to further develop their capability to effectively lead and contribute to global efforts to investigate and combat complex and serious crime.

Selection to attend the program is highly sought after, and considered a pathway to assist in promotion.

Program design and methodology

Employing contemporary approaches to executive learning and development, the MOSC Program provides an adult learning environment utilising presentations and discussion fora led by and involving subject matter leaders and experts, as well as a range of individual and syndicate based activities. This learning environment is designed to support and promote aspiration, reflection, innovation, collaboration and application by senior crime leaders as they progress their MOSC journey.

Guided by the contemporary strategic operating environment, the MOSC Program integrates a relevant strategic focus or theme that drives the learning environment and Program contributions to broader considerations regarding operational, strategic and policy strategies to combat serious crime.

Each Program has its own individual theme, based on contemporary crime issues identified at the time, which assists further in supporting diversity in the MOSC learning continuum.

Program objectives

  • Develop the capability of senior crime leaders to effectively lead complex investigations into serious crime utilising innovation, technology and accountable decision making;
  • Emphasise and promote the criticality of collaboration in leading complex serious crime investigations through participation in, and the ongoing development of formal and informal fora and networks with an emphasis on contemporary multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional arrangements;
  • Encourage senior crime leaders to consistently analyse the contemporary strategic operating environment and identify factors influencing serious crime threats; and
  • Develop the capability of senior crime leaders to influence the development of strategic approaches to combatting serious crime in Australia and internationally.

View: One page framework document

International MOSC

International MOSC

The International Management of Serious Crime (iMOSC) program grew out of a need to take a cooperative, international approach to serious crime. The first iMOSC was held in Vanuatu in 1999 and since then has introduced international law enforcement practitioners to the transnational nature of crime, and has fostered cooperation between international agencies in multi-jurisdictions.

The program, which is generally conducted on an annual basis, is held at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) in Semarang, Indonesia.

Commonwealth Agencies MOSC

Commonwealth Agencies MOSC

The inaugural Commonwealth Agencies (CA) MOSC program was held in 2017 and included participants from ADF, DHS, DSS, PM&C, ABF, ACIC, AUSTRAC, CER, ACCC, DFAT and the AFP. The CAMOSC program was derived by the Fraud & Anti-Corruption (FAC) Centre which was an AFP-led, multi-agency initiative hosted by Organised Crime and Cyber’s FAC business area. The main thrust of the program remains to prioritise the Commonwealth operational response for matters requiring joint agency approach.

In response to this initiative, the MOSC Program Team designed this program, specific to the Commonwealth Agencies approach. Programs are generally run every second year.


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