Launch of an “FBI style” national police taskforce

GANG members around the country are on notice following the launch of an "FBI style" national police taskforce aimed at bringing down Australia's organised crime network.

The $64 million National Anti-Gang Taskforce will comprise of 70 members of the Australian Federal Police, state police and other government agencies including the Department of Immigration and Centrelink.Intelligence will be shared with the FBI and Interpol.

A new Australian Gang Intelligence Centre will also be established to track gang activity across the country and its links overseas.

Strike teams will work from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and liaison officers will be sent to Adelaide, Darwin and Perth.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement on Sunday from Sydney's western suburbs, where gang violence has spiralled out of control in recent times.

She said the starting focus would be on sophisticated weapon and drug trafficking network responsible for a series of shootings in Melbourne and Sydney.

The model mirrors the FBI's Violent Gang Safe Street Taskforce which has resulted in more than 55,000 arrests in the US since 2001.

It has already been trialled in Australia for counter terrorism and border protection operations.

Work will officially begin on July 1 and the taskforce is expected to be fully operational by January next year.



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