26 September 2023

AFP marks 75 years of Peacekeeping

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) commemorated the achievements of the 75th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping in Canberra this week (14 September), paying tribute to past and present members involved in peacekeeping around the world.

AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw said the anniversary was an important opportunity to acknowledge the service and commitment of AFP peacekeepers, along with all police who had lost their lives in service.

Commissioner Kershaw said the AFP had led Australian peacekeeping forces since 1979, providing police to multinational operations with the United Nations, including deployments to Cambodia, Haiti, Mozambique, Sudan, Jordan, Bougainville and Afghanistan.

“In May 1964, Australian police peacekeeping commenced under the Australian Civilian Police (AUSTCIVPOL) with a deployment to Cyprus,” Commissioner Kershaw said.

“In 1977, peacekeeping was led by the Commonwealth Police, a predecessor of the AFP and included police members from all Australian States and Territories,” he said.

“AFP Peacekeepers have been recognised for their efforts in fostering strong partnerships in the Pacific region, working with the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.”

Commissioner Kershaw said AFP officers had been acknowledged for their roles in supporting local police in training and security, along with providing assistance during the re-establishment of peace following breakdowns in civil order.

“The 75th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping is a significant milestone in our nation’s history,” he said.

“Australia has been called on to provide police peacekeepers for support and assistance in operations across the globe and I thank all of our members, past and current, who answered that call.”

Commissioner Kershaw is featured in a new ABC documentary ‘Australia Remembers: 75 Years of Australian Peacekeeping which is available on iView at this PS News link.

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