Australia’s first police museum showcases investigative triumphs

Australia’s first police museum will open in Canberra in 2023 after receiving $4.4 million in funding from the Morrison government from the proceeds of crime.

Featuring exhibits such as the investigative triumphs of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) over the past 30 years, the Australian Police Museum will include Christopher Skase’s INTERPOL Red Notice and property seized in Western Australia from the cult responsible for Tokyo’s deadly nerve gas attack.

Home Secretary Karen Andrews said the new attraction is one of many initiatives funded by the proceeds of crime to help law enforcement and communities prevent crime across Australia.

“Since becoming Home Secretary, I have authorized the Confiscated Assets Account to fund AFP-led projects for law enforcement, community safety and border security,” the official said. Minister Andrews.

“It is the first Australian Police Museum in the country and will showcase the law enforcement history of the states and territories, as well as the AFP,” she said.

“The general public and tourists will be able to view exhibits on some of the most significant police operations in our country’s history – AFP’s investigations have captured not only the attention of Australians, but around the world.”

Canberra Senator Zed Seselja has welcomed funding for Canberra’s new attraction near the National Museum of Australia, which attracts around 600,000 visitors a year.

“This Liberal-National government has continued to deliver for our institutions and for Canberra,” said Senator Seselja.

“We have invested an additional $80 million in the National Gallery, $500 million in the Australian War Memorial, $41.9 million to save the National Film and Sound Archive’s at-risk collections, as part of of the biggest investment in Canberra for a generation.

“The Australian Police Museum will be another reason for Australians and international tourists to visit and spend time in Canberra, and joins the National Holocaust Museum and the National Aboriginal and Strait Islander Cultural City in Torres as new institutions supported by this government.”

Exhibits will include:

  • The door to the Aum Shinrikyo Sect’s laboratory. The sect was responsible for the Tokyo subway gassing in 1995, in which 12 people died and 5,500 were injured. The cult purchased a rural station in Western Australia in 1993 to conduct nerve gas testing;

  • The AFP drug boat Operation GENTLE. The fiberglass boat, seized in 1998, carried 225 1kg cocaine blocks sandwiched between the hull and the deck. At the time, the cocaine seizure was Australia’s largest;

  • Fragments (painted panel) of the Sofitel Hotel destroyed in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami;

  • Christopher Skase’s INTERPOL Red Notice – INTERPOL’s highest international alert level issued in an international manhunt for the Australian businessman wanted for fraud and embezzlement;

  • The diving suits and rescue equipment of the AFP diving team of the 2018 Thailand junior football team underground rescue and their assistant coach;

  • Forensic evidence recovered from the 2002 Bali bombing, including a drink ticket from Paddy’s Bar on the night of the incident, fabric from the suicide vest, street signs outside from the Sari Club and an Irish flag recovered from Paddy’s Bar. AFP Forensics, together with its international partners, was instrumental in identifying the explosives and suicide bombers, whose act of violence killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and;

  • The 1974 Ford Falcon XB ACT pursuit car. It remains in its original condition and is often used for AFP graduations and ceremonies.

Once criminal assets are confiscated and liquidated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the proceeds are then placed in the Forfeited Assets Account and redistributed by the government to support crime prevention and prevention programs and initiatives. law application.

Since 2013, the Coalition has provided over $209 million in funding under the Act to Commonwealth law enforcement agencies. Under the Coalition government, funding for the Australian Federal Police has also increased to over $1.7 billion.

Only the Morrison government will ensure strong support for our law enforcement to keep Australians safe.

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