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New Australian Federal Police Forensics Centre At Majura Hit By Delays

Federal police employees will have to wait until next year to move into a multimillion-dollar forensics lab in Canberra after construction delays pushed back the completion date. Continue reading New Australian Federal Police Forensics Centre At Majura Hit By Delays

National Police Union Concerned President Will Be Installed By Stealth

Police union members are concerned a small group of executives will install a new Australian Federal Police Association president without consultation.

Former president Jon Hunt-Sharman served his final day on Friday with his resignation announced to AFPA members on Monday morning.

He had held the position for nearly 20 years and resigned in the midst of a federal court investigation of election processes.

A number of police officers who are members of the association are understood to have raised concerns after receiving incorrect ballot papers.

Some members are also understood to have broader concerns about the running of the association.

The matter is set to return to court on November 14.

Read the full article in The Age.

Australian Federal Police May Be Deployed In Papua New Guinea

Tony Abbott in Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Islands Forum
Tony Abbott in Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Islands Forum
Australian Federal Police are closer to being deployed to the front-line in Papua New Guinea, with the two countries inching towards an agreement to deploy armed Australian officers in PNG’s lawless capital of Port Moresby.

Continue reading Australian Federal Police May Be Deployed In Papua New Guinea

Australian Federal Police Walk Away From $145 Million Israeli Crime-fighting Software Deal

The Australian Federal Police dumped a $145 million plan to fight crime using software developed in the Middle Eastern flashpoints of Gaza and the West Bank after an intervention by Finance Department boss Jane Halton.

 

It is unclear how much of the tens of millions of dollars spent on the contract can be retrieved and what the federal police will do about a replacement for the current obsolete system.

The AFP will not say how much money has been spent to date.

The move is a rare example of a federal government agency moving to cut its losses when a procurement project gets into difficulty.

Despite the setback, the force insists it can have a replacement in service by 2019.

Read more in Brisbane Times.

AFP Has ‘Lost’ Munitions, Bullet-Proof Vests, Body Armour, Tasers and Handcuffs

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The Australian Federal Police has lost almost 30 “controlled items” in the past year including munitions, body armour, bullet-proof vests, Tasers, batons, handcuffs and night-vision goggles, an audit into its firearms and armoury has revealed.

It is the second time since 2009 that the AFP has been warned that its stocktake procedures for guns and ammunition were of serious concern.

It follows allegations that ex-AFP members have taken controlled items with them after they left the organisation.

A spokesman for the AFP stressed that no guns were listed as lost or missing.

He said it had responded to the 15 recommendations made in the official audit and almost all had been implemented.

The AFP is investigating allegations that ex-officers had kept weapons after they left the force.

“The Western Australia Police arrested an individual in 2012 who was in possession of previously-unrecovered AFP controlled items,” the AFP spokesman said.

Read more in Illawara Mercury.

Australian Federal Police HQ In Melbourne Sold for $70m

Investa Office Fund, the listed arm of the wider Investa platform, has seized the uplift from Melbourne’s buoyant CBD development market, selling the Australian Federal Police headquarters at 383 La Trobe Street for $70.7 million to a buyer thought to be from Asia.

The four-storey building, refurbished in 2008, is leased in its entirety to the Australian Federal Police. However that tenancy ends in two years’ time with no option to extend currently in place.


Read more in Financial Review.

Source: www.afr.com

Warning To Beware of Police Impersonators After AFP Badges Stolen

Police have been told to be on high alert for people posing as AFP officers after a break-in at a business that makes new badges for the force.

A warning was sent out to Victoria Police officers on Saturday morning after the burglary at AJ Parkes badge makers in Brisbane.

There are fears AFP badges which are made at the business, which is based in the city’s south west, might have ended up in the hands of criminals.

Police have been unable to verify whether or not any badges have been stolen as yet and an inventory of the company’s stock is expected to be completed tomorrow.

An alert sent to Victoria Police officers stated: “Members are advised to exercise extra vigilance when checking the badges of persons presenting an AFP identification badge.”

An AFP spokeswoman confirmed it was aware of the break-in but refused to comment further.

Source: www.perthnow.com.au

Credit Card Knives At Canberra Airport Behind Arrest Rise

Credit card knives have been seized at booming rates across Australian airports this year, with 20 times the number of 12 months ago.

Labelled the latest fad by one criminologist, Canberra Airport’s problem with the streamlined knives has tripled in just the last six months.

The disguised knives and live ammunition were also among the main reasons behind the tripling of arrests or cautions at Canberra Airport in 2014, figures released under freedom of information laws this week showed.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Australian Federal Police Tracking Pilots Influenced By ISIS Jihadists

Australian Federal Police are monitoring two Indonesian pilots who appear to have been influenced by pro-Islamic State elements, on concerns they may pose a security threat, an intelligence website says.

The apparent radicalisation of Ridwan Agustin, alias Hobi Panahan, and Tommy Hendratno, alias Tomi Abu Alfatih, was detailed in a March 18 operational intelligence report compiled by the AFP and obtained by website The Intercept.

The AFP report – marked “for official use only” – analyses Facebook posts by the two pilots that appear to support IS.

The Intercept reports that Agustin formerly worked for AirAsia Indonesia, while Premiair says Hendratno ceased working for them on June 1.

Agustin graduated from the AirAsia academy in 2010 and flew international and domestic routes, the intelligence report states.

He began posting material indicating his support for IS from September 2014 – posts which Hendratno “liked”.

The AFP also noted that Agustin had commented on the page of Heri Kustyanto, who it’s believed left his Indonesian family to fight with IS in Syria or Iraq.


Read more on News.com.

Source: www.news.com.au