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New international police agreement with Serbia to tackle transnational crime



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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS

MINISTER FOR JUSTICE

MEDIA RELEASE

14 February 2012

New international police agreement with Serbia to tackle transnational crime

Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today announced that the Australian Federal Police and Serbian Police Directorate will sign an agreement to co-operate on transnational crime like money laundering and drug

trafficking.

Mr Clare made the announcement today following a meeting with the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia Mr Ivica Dacic.

“This agreement will formalise arrangements between the Australian Federal Police and Serbian Police Directorate to combat transnational crime.

“The AFP already has a strong relationship with the Serbian Police Directorate,” Mr Clare said.

This includes officers working together on:

• Senior investigative courses; • Money laundering workshops; • International terrorism seminars; and • Joint tactical exercises.

“This agreement will build on the work we are already doing together.”

The Serbian Police Directorate has 35,000 officers with responsibility for providing local and national law enforcement services across Serbia.

Its core responsibilities include crime prevention, investigations, customs and border control, counter terrorism, anti-corruption, anti-narcotics and disaster relief.

The agreement will be signed by Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus and Mr Dacic tomorrow.

Media contact: Korena Flanagan - 0418 251 316