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Official opening of National Law Enforcement House, Perth.



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Media Release

SENATOR THE HON. CHRISTOPHER ELLISON

Minister for Justice and Customs Senator for Western Australia

4 July 2001

Official Opening of National Law Enforcement House, Perth Fighting crime in the West today received a major boost with the official opening of National Law Enforcement House, now home to three elite Commonwealth law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Senator for Western Australia and Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, said the co-location of the National Crime Authority, Australian Federal Police and AUSTRAC was a strategic move to strengthen operational and intelligence ties.

"The co-location of the Australian Federal Police, National Crime Authority and AUSTRAC to one central location will significantly strengthen the Commonwealth’s crime fighting capacity in Western Australia," Senator Ellison said.

"The move will actively strengthen links and increase the already high level of cooperation and coordination which exists among the Commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies."

Senator Ellison said there had been a number successful joint operations between the NCA and AFP in the past year including Operation Cha Cha, which resulted in the seizure of 6.7kgs of heroin and the conviction of seven people on drug trafficking charges, including Mr Ray Foo who was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment in the WA Supreme Court last Friday.

"The NCA and the AFP deliver very valuable and different contributions to the fight against organised crime and co-location provides a practical means for even greater cooperation. "

In recognition of the new level of partnership, the building, previously AFP headquarters, will be renamed National Law Enforcement House at an official ceremony attended by Senator Ellison and Chairman of the National Crime Authority, Mr Gary Crooke.

The NCA will join the AFP and AUSTRAC at the address, based on the third floor. The new fit out will better serve the functions of the Perth NCA team with a dedicated Operations Room and other purpose built areas. The NCA and the AFP regularly work together and both operational managers are members of the Western Australia Joint Operational Coordination Team (JOCT).

The NCA’s local contingent comprises 25 staff, including 9 core NCA officers and secondments from

the AFP, WA Police, Customs and Tax Office.

"The official opening also marks the 10 th anniversary of the National Crime Authority’s presence in West Australia. The NCA’s Perth operational centre was first established in June 1991," Senator Ellison said.

Western Australia is home to 105 AFP officers and 27 support staff, and has had presence in the state since the AFP’s inception in 1978.

"In the past financial year, 10 major drug, fraud and general crime operations have been conducted in Western Australia. As a result of hard work by local Perth law enforcement agencies, including the AFP, NCA and Customs, there have been more than 160 drug seizures, including 300,000 ecstasy tablets and 100kgs of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine," Senator Ellison said.

This co-location follows a similar move, which took place in March when the AFP’s Adelaide team joined the National Crime Authority.

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