About the Journal
The Thin Blue Line: The Strategic Role of the Australian Federal Police
Author: John McFarlane
Volume 3, Number 3 (August 2007), pp. 91-108.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is Australia’s national policing agency, enforcing Commonwealth criminal law and protecting Commonwealth interests from crime, both within Australia and abroad. The AFP is also Australia’s international law enforcement and policing representative, and it is the chief source of advice to the Australian Government on policing issues. The AFP has a range of networks in place with other agencies, both nationally and internationally, and is undertaking some unique contributions to regional stability and security through its international liaison network, its deployments in disrupted states in the region, its support for regional counter-terrorism, and its leadership and innovation in many fields of contemporary policing. However, its resources are stretched thinly and it needs to build up its human resources and capabilities if it is to fulfil the high community expectations it enjoys.
About the Author
John McFarlane is a former Director of Intelligence in the AFP. He is a Visiting Fellow at both the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is a member of the Program Monitoring Group of the Timor Leste Police Development Project and lectures on transnational crime and related issues at the UNSW@ADFA, Macquarie University and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. J.McFarlane@adfa.edu.au.