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Australian Federal Police 


Four core functions – prevention, deterrence, partnership and innovation.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the Australian government’s leading law enforcement agency. It is responsible for investigating offences against the Commonwealth of Australia and advising on the national security framework. 

At national level, the AFP works with Australian government departments, state and territory law enforcement agencies and other partner agencies to disrupt, deter and defeat criminal activity. 

At global level, the AFP operates within a large network of international law enforcement agencies, industry partners, and foreign governments to identify and disrupt transnational serious and organised crime.

Through its International Deployment Group, the AFP also provides a range of capacity development initiatives and peacekeeping and stability operations.  The group contributes to the development, maintenance or restoration of the rule of law in countries that seek Australia's support.

The AFP is responsive to a rapidly changing criminal environment and has eight key investigative priorities. These are:

  • Serious and organized crime;
  • Crime operations;
  • High tech crime operations; 
  • Intelligence;
  • Protection;
  • Aviation;
  • International Deployment Group;
  • Counter terrorism.


The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Australia is hosted by the AFP and located at its Canberra Headquarters.   It works closely with Australian law enforcement agencies, regulatory bodies and relevant government agencies.

Some of the services provided by INTERPOL Canberra include:

  • Operating as Australia’s point of contact for INTERPOL;
  • Facilitating international law enforcement communication;
  • Providing training and expertise;
  • Providing advice on international law enforcement cooperation;
  • Undertaking and facilitating transnational enquiries relating to Australia;
  • Providing Australian law enforcement with an officially recognized police channel linked to 188 INTERPOL member countries;
  • Criminal history checks;
  • Background enquiries;
  • Fingerprint comparisons;

INTERPOL Canberra operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week maintaining communication with all INTERPOL member countries and domestic law enforcement agencies.

INTERPOL Canberra in action
30 May 2017

New drug trafficking routes and smuggling methods identified in INTERPOL-led operation

SINGAPORE – An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting drug trafficking across Asia and the Pacific has identified emerging smuggling routes and concealment methods.Operation Lionfish – ASEAN, which involved more than 2,000 police and customs officials across 14 countries, revealed a network of West African and Asian organized crime groups behind traffic...
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
11 December 2015

Combating terrorism focus of meeting between Australian Foreign Minister and INTERPOL Chief

PARIS, France – Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock have met in Paris to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the fight against terrorism.Secretary General Stock commended Australia for taking a leading role in global counter-terrorism efforts, from preventing the movement of foreign fighter...
04 September 2015

International Leaders’ Forum backs creation of Global Alliance to combat IED threat

CANBERRA, Australia – The inaugural International Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) Leaders’ Forum has supported the creation of a Global Alliance to unite and focus efforts in combating the IED threat.Under this umbrella, a coalition of willing partners will develop a coordinated international effort based on four interconnecting key pillars: co...
02 September 2015

Tackling global threat of improvised explosive devices focus of international forum

CANBERRA, Australia ‒ The first global meeting to address the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which kill and injure tens of thousands of people around the world each year, has opened in Australia.Organized by INTERPOL, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Department of Defence, the three-day (2 – 4 September) International Count...
01 September 2015

INTERPOL Chief and Australian Minister for Justice discuss security issues

CANBERRA, Australia – Combating terrorism and the foreign terrorist fighter threat were high on the agenda in a meeting today between INTERPOL’s Secretary General and the Australian Minister for Justice in Canberra.Secretary General Jürgen Stock and Minister Michael Keenan also discussed a range of security issues including illegal immigration and border...
18 June 2014

Child abuse ring identified through international collaboration via INTERPOL

LYON, France – Using evidence collected in Australia and shared via INTERPOL, police in Bangladesh have arrested the head of an organized criminal network which had made a business out of sexually abusing young boys and selling the images around the world.The investigation began in 2010, when police in Australia discovered a large number of sexual abuse i...
28 January 2014

Tackling emerging trends in terrorism focus of INTERPOL convention

SYDNEY, Australia – Identifying emerging trends in terrorism and transnational crime to develop a global coordinated response is the focus of the INTERPOL Global security and Counter-terrorism Convention.More than 200 police chiefs, heads of counter-terrorism units and international experts from academic, governmental and private sector institutions from...
20 January 2014

Media invitation to the INTERPOL Global Security and Counter-terrorism Convention

LYON, France - Police chiefs, heads of counter-terrorism units and international experts from academic, governmental and private sector institutions will gather in Sydney, Australia from 28 - 30 January for the INTERPOL Global Security and Counter-terrorism Convention.Supported by the Canadian Government and Australian Federal Police (AFP), the event is a...
05 December 2013

Countries unite to identify illegal fishing vessel via INTERPOL

LYON, France – A joint effort by New Zealand, Australia and Norway to find a vessel suspected of illegal fishing has led to the publication of an INTERPOL Purple Notice to assist in identifying its location.Circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries the Notice, requested by New Zealand supported by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)...
04 September 2013

Collaboration within INTERPOL global network snares US school volunteer suspected of child abuse

LYON, France – Child sexual abuse material retrieved by police in Denmark and Australia and shared via INTERPOL’s victim identification specialists network has contributed to the arrest of a US school volunteer suspected of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl.As part of efforts to identify an unknown victim, officers in Denmark shared a video with...
16 April 2013

Use of INTERPOL global tools results in arrest of child abusers and rescue of victim

LYON, France – Close collaboration between law enforcement in Georgia, Israel and INTERPOL’s Crimes Against Children unit has led to the removal from harm of an 11-year-old girl and the arrest of a man accused of sexually abusing her and sharing the sexual abuse images online. The girl’s mother was also arrested for allegedly participating in the producti...
12 January 2013

US fugitive and former Bout associate Chichakli arrest in Australia assisted by INTERPOL

LYON, France – Richard Ammar Chichakli, an alleged associate of arms dealer Viktor Bout and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice issued at the request of US authorities for a range of offences including money laundering, fraud and conspiring to violate economic sanctions, has been arrested in Australia.Chichakli, a US – Syrian citizen, is alleged to have con...
08 August 2012

INTERPOL operation leads to arrest of mastermind of multimillion Euro car smuggling ring

LYON, France – The suspected mastermind behind a global car smuggling ring, estimated to have trafficked luxury and sports vehicles worth around EUR 6 million since 2009, has been arrested following an INTERPOL-coordinated operation.The Russian national was taken into custody in Venice, Italy following INTERPOL’s Operation Eastbound which coordinated the...
15 April 2011

INTERPOL hunt for international fugitives leads to numerous arrests across South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An INTERPOL operation targeting 207 internationally-wanted fugitives wanted for serious crimes including murder, kidnapping, organized crime and child sexual abuse believed to be hiding in South America has led to arrests across the continent and new investigative leads established for almost a quarter.Investigative leads develop...
23 June 2010

Australian police chief stresses need for strategic planning in historic address to INTERPOL Executive Committee

LYON, France – Further enhancing the existing partnership between Australia and INTERPOL to boost co-operation in combating all forms of transnational crime and terrorism was a key issue for discussion today during the visit of Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Tony Negus to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters.In his address to INTERPOL...
13 May 2010

Australian arrest of war crimes fugitive wanted by Croatia praised by INTERPOL

LYON, France – The arrest by the Australian Federal Police of a war crimes suspect wanted by Croatia and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons notice, has been welcomed by the world’s police body.Dragan Vasiljkovic, aged 55, disappeared in March after the Australian High Court approved his extradition for trial to Croatia to f...
05 March 2010

INTERPOL co-ordinated operation targets illegal trade in wildlife medical products

LYON, France - An international operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting the illegal trade in traditional medicines containing protected wildlife products has resulted in a series of arrests worldwide and the seizure of thousands of illegal medicines worth more than EUR 10 million.National wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and speciali...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...
13 November 2008

Illegal online medicine suppliers targeted in first international Internet day of action

The first international Internet day of action co-ordinated by the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, INTERPOL and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT), targeting the illegal online sale of medicines to the public has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure...
12 October 2008

INTERPOL offers continued support after body of missing Australian backpacker found in Croatia

LYON, France – INTERPOL today underlined its commitment to assisting Croatian and Australian investigators following DNA confirmation that the body of a young woman found off the Dubrovnik coast was that of missing Australian backpacker, Britt Lapthorne.Staff at the 24-hour Command and Co-ordination Centre at the General Secretariat in Lyon remain in cons...
10 October 2008

INTERPOL praises actions taken by Australian Federal Police in missing backpacker investigation

LYON, France – INTERPOL today commended the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for its proactive and professional investigation into the disappearance of an Australian backpacker who went missing from Croatia in September.Through the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Canberra, the AFP has provided the National Central Bureau in Croatia with vital background a...
09 October 2008

Croatia and Australia assisted by INTERPOL to locate missing Australian backpacker

LYON, France – Officers in Croatia, Australia and at the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France, are working closely together following the disappearance of an Australian backpacker.Britt Lapthorne, aged 21, went missing after she left a nightclub in Dubrovnik in the early hours of Thursday 18 September.INTERPOL has issued a Yellow Notice – a global...

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Age today: 45 years old
Nationality: Australia


Age today: 53 years old
Nationality: Australia , El salvador


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Age today: 63 years old
Nationality: United kingdom


Age today: 37 years old
Nationality: Australia


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