Police overseas

August 26, 2006

The Bbc writes that the Australian government has decided to increase the amount of police men that can be deployed in South East Asia and the Pacific. The move is a response to the instability in the region, says prime minister John Howard.

Some figures: the Australian Foreign Police has 800 personnel, 400 are serving abroad. That number will be increased to 1.200. The future operational response group will have 150 officers. Thursday, the government decided to expand the army with 2.600 troops.

Howard is a bit pessimistic about the stability in the region and wants that Australia plays an important role in peace keeping – and keeping its influence in the neighbourhood.

Today, Australia has police officers in Solomon Islands, East Timor, Nauru, Vanuatu, Sudan, Cyprus and Jordan. The country has send troops to East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

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