Friday, 15 October 2010

Released by AFP Media Centre

AFP Commissioner Tony Negus joined Minister for Home Affairs The Hon Brendan O’Connor at the AFP College in Canberra on 11 October to farewell 16 AFP members deploying to Afghanistan.

As part of the two-year, $32.1 million Australian Government initiative, the deploying AFP members will help to develop the core policing abilities among local police officers in Afghanistan.

The Minister thanked the AFP members for taking part in such an important mission, that he said is critical in the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

“The work performed by these dedicated AFP members is a vital part of the international effort to increase the internal stability of Afghanistan so that it can be governed by its own people by rule-of-law principles,” he said.

“This continuing deployment of AFP members highlights the commitment of the Australian Government and the AFP to working with our coalition partners to develop police in Afghanistan and provide best-practice policing advice.”

Commissioner Negus said the principle role of the AFP in Afghanistan is training Afghanistan National Police.

“The deployment will be challenging given the security and living conditions in Afghanistan as well as the separation from family and friends,” he said.

Commissioner Negus also acknowledged the diverse and extensive experience of the deploying members, including previous international experience in Timor-Leste, Iraq, Solomon Islands, Tonga, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Rhodesia, Jordan and Mozambique.

Since 2007, the AFP has trained more than 650 Afghanistan National Police personnel.