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Construction begins on new AFP forensics facility



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THE HON MICHAEL KEENAN MP Minister for Justice

MEDIA RELEASE

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW AFP FORENSICS FACILITY

Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, officially marked the beginning of construction for the new Australian Federal Police Forensics facility and opened the new Driver Training Track today at Majura.

Minister Keenan said the purpose-built forensics facility will enhance the investigative capabilities of federal law enforcement officers.

“Forensic and investigative support is vital to Australia’s national security and law enforcement agencies,” Mr Keenan said.

“For every person who is charged, the AFP has relied on some form of involvement from the forensics area.”

“This new facility will ensure that the AFP maintains its world-leading capacity in forensic operations, forensic science policy, research, training and capability development.”

“Major investigations and the ability to respond to crisis situations, such as those involving disaster victim identification, will also be boosted.”

Mr Keenan was also pleased to officially open the new driver training track, which will replace the old track that has been utilized over the last 20 years.

“This new track will help ensure that all those who receive AFP driver training will come away very well prepared to deal with a range of situations on the road.”

“Law and order is a national priority for the new Coalition Government. It is important that our law enforcement agencies have the necessary facilities and resources to assist them to effectively do their job,” Mr Keenan said.

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