Australian Federal Police
The AFP representation in Vietnam is a proven and excellent example of global law enforcement collaboration between the AFP and the MPS in fighting transnational organised crime since law enforcement representations commenced from Bangkok Post in 1993. The first AFP Post opened in Hanoi on 1 April 1999 and was subsequently complemented by the opening of the AFP Post in HCMC on 13th of June 2003, and the Vietnam Australia Joint Transnational Crime Centre (JTCC) in 2010.
Celebrating 15 years of the AFP in Hanoi, 1999 – 2014
The mutually beneficial relationship built over these many years on a solid foundation of trust, respect, honesty and friendship, continues to provide significant outcomes for both countries and indeed the region, to offset the impact of transnational organised crime.
Testament to our collaboration, in 2011 the AFP and MPS through Operation Tanis conducted their first joint international controlled delivery of illicit precursors from Vietnam to Australia resulting in the dismantling and arrest, of a seven member organised crime syndicate in Adelaide.
2012/13 saw an escalation of this platform through AFP Operations Vidua and Volante whereby the first ever operational deployment of Vietnamese Police to Australia took place as part of a resolution in Melbourne, enabling simultaneous Vietnamese Police actions in HCMC never before being undertaken for a foreign police agency. These operations dismantled an organised crime syndicate in Australia, Vietnam, China and Macau and netted 47kg of ICE, 12.3kg of heroin, $AUD3.02m and the arrest of 12 suspects.
AFP Operation Whiffler investigation into a Vietnamese organised crime syndicate in Brisbane, HCMC, USA and Japan was amply assisted by the Vietnamese Narcotics Investigations Department (C47) resulting in the arrest of three HCMC based suspects and the seizure of 110kg of ICE in Japan.
With a focus on stamping out people smuggling, and preventing people risking their lives at sea, the Australian and Vietnamese Governments worked together to return 113 Vietnamese nationals from three vessels intercepted by the Australian Border Force under Operation Sovereign Borders, between 2015 and 2016.
Contemporary transnational crime types are also addressed as part of the trusted relationship. During 2016 and 2017 Operation Cupressus, a cyber crime investigation, was conducted as a joint operation with the MPS High Tech Crime Department (C50). This operation related to a cyber intrusion into Australian critical infrastructure. As a result of the joint operation attribution to a Vietnamese national was established. That person was subsequently convicted and imprisoned in Vietnam.
Strategically, the AFP are also proud to have been given the opportunity to assist our Vietnamese colleagues over the years with for example, ongoing training in Cyber Crime, Forensics, English language, intelligence analysis and tools, significant equipment and of course delegation exchanges.
Importantly, the AFP and MPS in partnership with RMIT University, have jointly managed and coordinated the Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Program (ARLEMP) over the past 13 years running 46 very successful programs for over 950 participants. ARLEMP is a law enforcement management program which addresses current and emerging transnational crime types. This is undoubtedly a regional training law enforcement flagship, of which Australia can be extremely proud.
ARLEMP 46 Graduates in Hanoi, April 2018
The JTCC is a further highlight of the strength of the law enforcement relationship. This cooperative venture between Vietnam and Australia is the first project of its kind to be established in Vietnam with a unique model consisting of eight different departments from both the Security and Police elements of the MPS, and an embedded foreign AFP Law Enforcement Advisor working jointly together.
In Hanoi on 9th January 2017, Lieutenant General Tran Van Ve, Deputy Director General in charge of General Department of Police met with Commander Chris McDevitt to introduce Detective Superintendent Roger Brown as the designated SLO for Vietnam, in order to further enhance the cooperation between the two organisations. Since this date, discussion and action around a range of transnational crime issues have continued to take place, and relationships have gone from strength to strength to benefit both countries.
SLO Vietnam Detective Superintendent Roger Brown, Lieutenant General Tran Van Ve and Commander Chris McDevitt.
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