Member for Forrest Nola Marino has today welcomed the Turnbull Government’s $321.4 million commitment to bolster the capability of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and strengthen the protection of all Australians.
The funding will provide for an additional 100 intelligence experts, over 100 tactical response and covert surveillance operators, and almost 100 forensic specialists to advance our fight against crime and terrorism.
Mrs Marino said the additional funding represented the largest single funding boost for the AFP’s domestic policing capabilities in a decade.
“No government is more committed to giving our law enforcement agencies the powers and resources they need to protect our communities than the Turnbull Government,” Mrs Marino said.
“As people in the south West know, I’ve been working to help to keep our community safe since I was first elected.
“This boost in AFP resources is yet another example of the Liberal-led Government illustrating we are serious about protecting our citizens.”
This is the first step in the AFP’s 10-year plan to deliver a new vision for the organisation, which will define and map its long-term priorities and ensure it has the tools, skills, training and capabilities needed to protect Australians. The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring the AFP continues to have every resource and capability necessary to protect our nation and our way of life.
Key elements of the increased funding will comprise:
- Specialist Response Capabilities: Police negotiators, tactical response officers, bomb response technicians and canine resources specialising in drug, cash and explosive detection.
- Covert Physical and Technical Capabilities: Physical surveillance teams, covert online investigators, undercover operation members and police technical teams.
- Forensics and Intelligence Capabilities: Digital forensics, crime scene investigators, firearms and armoury specialists, biometric experts, forensic intelligence analysts, and operational intelligence professionals.