Police from 18 countries across South and South East Asia have joined together in Hanoi, Vietnam to strengthen regional efforts in combatting people smuggling and human trafficking.
A long-term partnership between the Australian Federal Police, the Ministry of Public Security and RMIT Vietnam has enabled 20 law enforcement officials to be selected as participants in the 34th Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Program (ARLEMP).
Speaking at the ARLEMP opening ceremony in late May, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner for Operation Sovereign Borders Steve Lancaster said through collaborative action, police are able to apply maximum pressure in detecting and deterring people smugglers and human traffickers.
"By working together, we can more effectively target organised criminal networks and prevent crimes involving the irregular movement of people," he said.
Senior Colonel and Deputy Director for the Advisory Department, Police General Department on Crime Prevention and Suppression Nguyen Van Lan said Vietnam joins the international community in condemning those people who are involved in smuggling and trafficking people.
"As a result, Vietnam is pleased to partner with Australia to provide an opportunity for police to work together to stop these crimes," he said.
RMIT Vietnam is proud to continue work with the AFP and Vietnamese government in delivering this important transnational policy program.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said participants raise their level of respect, mutual understanding, and ability to collaborate across borders during the three weeks of intense cooperative learning.
In the past eight years, almost 700 police and law enforcement officials from 25 countries including South Asia, South East Asia and Australia have participated in ARLEMP, including over 200 Vietnamese police.