Professor Mark Findlay comments on the reduction in serious crime referrals by the AFP

29 July 2008

Professor Mark Findlay commented on claims resources to the Australian Federal Police are being devoted to counter-terrorism and international policing at the expense of domestic crime fighting, following reports serious crime referrals to Commonwealth prosecutors halved since 2000.

In an article in The Australian, Professor Findlay said the AFP's evolution from a "minor police force" to a "super agency" resulted in its jurisdiction extending "well beyond Australia's borders."

He said the AFP was devoting huge resources to intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism investigations, offshore policing and international liaison work.

He believed these activities were less likely to yield convictions.

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