On July 4, 2004 a Bali office for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) was formally opened in Bali.
In a ceremony attended by Australia's Minister of Justice and Customs, Mr. Chris Ellison, and the Chief Commissioner of the AFP, Mr. Mick Keelty, Bali's Chief of Police General Made Mangku Pastika emphasized that the opening of the AFP office in Bali should not be interpreted to mean foreign police offers were now operating in Bali.
Chief Pastika's explained that the presence of representatives of the Australian police in Bali will provide a sense of security for Australian tourists visiting Bali while at the same time increasing transnational police cooperation in the areas of combating terrorism, narcotics, pedophilia, sex tourism and slavery. Australian police assigned to Bali would not, however, be involved in active police investigations or interfere in the enforcement of the law by the Indonesian police force.
Australia's Minister of Justice and Customs, Chris Ellison, applauded the opening of the office saying it would strengthen Australia's role in fighting international crime and was a natural result of the strong bonds established between the Indonesian police and the AFP in the wake of the Bali bombing of October 2002. The Minister heaped praise on General Pastika's role for the key role he played in arresting the Bali bombers.
The opening of the AFP representative office in Bali brings to a total of 66 Australian police officers working overseas stationed in 32 posts in 26 countries around the world.
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