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Australia and United States law enforcement agencies sign agreement to fight organised crime and terrorism

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Australia and United States law enforcement agencies sign agreement to fight organised crime and terrorism

14 July 2012

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have formalised their commitment to work together in the global fight against organised crime and terrorism by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Washington, DC, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare said today.

Minister Clare and AFP Commissioner Tony Negus met with FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce at the FBI Headquarters in Washington DC today.

At this meeting Mr Negus and Mr Joyce signed the Combatting Transnational Crime, Combatting Terrorism and Developing Law Enforcement Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding.

The MoU focuses on collaboration between agencies in the following areas:  terrorism  illicit drugs  money laundering  illegal firearms trafficking  identity crime  cyber crime  transnational economic crime

The MoU also consolidates AFP and FBI cooperation in the exchange of information, resources and technical and forensic capabilities. Cross border operations will also be streamlined through officer training, operational assistance and the exchange of personnel for study purposes.

"The key to fighting crime is criminal intelligence and the sharing of that intelligence. That requires Australian law enforcement agencies to work closely together. It also requires us to work closely with overseas law enforcement agencies - and the FBI is one of the best there is".

The FBI was established in 1908 and is the principal investigative arm of the U.S Department of Justice. It gathers, shares, and analyses intelligence both to support its own investigations and those of its partners and to better understand and combat the security threats facing the United States.

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