Recognising Achievements in a Year of Transition

01.09.2017

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By Chris Dawson

From the September 2017 issue of the APJ.

For the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) 1 July this year marked a significant milestone. On that date in 2016 a merge brought together two of Australia's most important law enforcement and criminal information and intelligence agencies—the former Australian Crime Commission and former CrimTrac Agency.

Through the Machinery of Government, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) was also brought together with the ACIC, to create a new agency with investigative, research and information delivery functions.

As the CEO of the ACIC, my mandate has been to make a difference in law enforcement on a national level. With three agencies now working together as one, the ACIC is best placed to provide information sharing services that help detect, reduce, prevent and solve crime, and improve our national ability to discover, understand and respond to crime impacting Australia.

In its first twelve months of operation, the ACIC has demonstrated strong achievements in a year of transition as it works to enhance Australia's national security and break the business of serious and organised crime.

As an intelligence agency, we work with our law enforcement partners to improve the ability to stop criminals exploiting emerging opportunities and perceived gaps in law enforcement information. To this effect, we have disseminated more than 2,150 intelligence products and released 23 peer-reviewed research reports to enhance knowledge of crime and criminal justice issues in Australia, and provide strategic advice to inform policy development and reform.  We have also launched our Crime Statistics Australia website, which provides an interactive gateway to statistics and information on Australian crime and justice issues.

Over the past year, we have worked with our partners in a coordinated effort to seize more than $890 million in drugs and $11.2 million in cash, and to identify 118 previously unknown money laundering targets. 

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