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Australian Border Force Becomes Front Line Agency Leading Operation Sovereign Borders

On 1 July 2015, the functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service were integrated into a new Department. The Australian Border Force was established as the new front-line operational agency within the Department reflecting a greater focus on the border as a strategic national asset.  The integrated arrangements build on recent border protection reforms and the long history of the two organisations working closely together.

Roman Quaedvlieg was sworn in to his new role at a Parliament House ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday along with deputies and assistant commissioners.

Mr Quaedvlieg said he has unwavering confidence in his team as they undertake their mission to counter those ‘who would seek to exploit our prosperity and wealth for criminal gain’.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailed the ceremony as a historic day, saying the agency ushered in a new era of disciplined service.

Read more on Border.gov.au.

Source: www.border.gov.au

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‘Emergency +’ is a national app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia. The app uses a mobile phone’s GPS functionality so callers can provide emergency call-takers with their location information as determined by their smart phone. ‘Emergency+’ also includes SES and Police Assistance Line numbers as options, so non-emergency calls are made to the most appropriate number.

When calling Triple Zero (000), remember to stay focused, stay relevant, and stay on the line. Before you call, ask yourself:

  • Is someone seriously injured or in need of urgent medical help?
  • Is your life or property being threatened?
  • Have you just witnessed a serious accident or crime?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, call Triple Zero (000). Triple Zero calls are free.

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New Solomon Islands Police Station In Auki Opened With Help From RAMSI And AFP

The people of Malaita Province now have access to a modern, spacious and well-equipped police station with the opening of the Malaita Provincial Police Headquarters, worth AUD$1.8 million, in the provincial capital Auki today. The newly constructed  police station was officially opened yesterday.

Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Special Coordinator Justine Braithwaite (DFAT) and Commander Greg Harrigan (AFP) handed over the new Headquarters to the Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services Peter Shanel Agovaka.

Speaking in Auki, the Special Coordinator said the opening of  the facility is proof of RAMSI’s commitment to see that the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is well-supported and well-resourced.

The new Auki Police station was built by Manepuri Construction and was blessed by the Anglican Bishop of Malaita, the Right Reverend Sam Sahu.

Read more on Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Source: www.sibconline.com.sb

AFP Suspects Notorious Prayer Group Al-Furqan Facilitating Extremism And Links To ISIS

Counter-terrorism police suspect a notorious prayer group is a hotbed of extremism and its leadership is involved in radicalising Islamic youth.

The Australian Federal Police suspects that “a number of Victorian foreign fighters” living with extremists in the Middle East were once attendees of the Al-Furqan prayer centre in Springvale South.

In documents released by the Supreme Court detailing an alleged plot by two of the centre’s members, the officers detail the centre’s leadership were “exponents of Islamic extremism” and a “facilitator of radicalisation”.

Read more in the Herald Sun.

Source: www.heraldsun.com.au

Majority of Your Shift: How Police Navigate the Complex Terrain of Domestic Violence

Australian police handle one domestic violence matter every two minutes. How do they negotiate these intimate, complex and often dangerous situations? Police are often the first on the scene in an emergency, for domestic violence incidents as for everything else, but they don’t always have the best reputation for dealing with family violence. Apathy and insensitivity to victims, encouraging victims not to prosecute, not taking out criminal proceedings – are these accusations fair to the police that deal with tense situations every day?

Read the feature on ABC News.

Source: www.abc.net.au

French Counter-Terrorism Unit Requests Cooperation From Australian Counterparts

The head of the elite counter-terrorism unit that broke a January terrorist siege in Paris has asked Australian prime minister Tony Abbott to put him in touch with the team that faced a similar challenge in Sydney the month before.

Jean-Michel Fauvergue is the commander of RAID, the French national police’s elite counter-terrorism SWAT team.

On Sunday afternoon, he met with Mr Abbott, along with Eric Beranger, police commander and chief of staff at RAID, to discuss how Australia and France could better share intelligence on how to combat modern terrorist tactics.

After the meeting, Cdr Fauverge told Fairfax he had used the opportunity to ask a favour of Mr Abbott.

“Up to now we have had no contact with our counterpart in Australia,” he said. “We have asked the prime minister if it is possible to organise this and initiate contact.”

In January the RAID unit rescued 26 hostages from the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris, killing the gunman Amedy Coulibaly who was holding them prisoner, at the end of an extraordinary terror attack which began with the shooting at Charlie Hebdo magazine days earlier.

Source: www.blacktownsun.com.au

Australian Workers Breaking Bad To Get Ahead: Using Meth At Work

Methamphetamine is the new target of Australia’s police and drug agents as the country wrestles with an “ice epidemic.”

But despite the devastating effects, some are even turning to the drug to give them an edge in their professional pursuits. With the high pressure and fast paced environment of many workplaces, a competitive advantage can be appealing. No matter how extreme.

Source: www.perthnow.com.au