Australian Federal Police Museum

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is a diverse organisation which has a lead role in maintaining Australia s national security and responsibility for policing crimes against the Commonwealth of Australia including drug trafficking, terrorism and high-tech crime. As part of its international functions the AFP contributes to peacekeeping missions around the world and maintains links with overseas organisations through its Liaison Officer network. It oversees security at Australian airports, and protects key infrastructure and high-office holders. The AFP also provides local policing in the ACT and external territories.

Federal policing began during the World War I era and a specialist protection function developed in the early twentieth century. Policing in the Canberra region can be traced to the 1870s with the first police service dedicated to the Territory commencing in 1927.

The Australian Federal Police Museum collects, preserves, researches and makes available the AFP's policing heritage. The museum assists in promoting the AFP to the community as well as providing research assistance to its members, past members and the general public. The museum also represents the AFP's predecessors including the ACT Police, Commonwealth Police, Peace Officer Guard and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

The collection consists of a wide range of objects including uniforms, insignia, equipment, flags, weapons, vehicles, motorcycles, forensic evidence, photographs and documents. Significant objects include a UN Landrover from Cyprus, a cricket bat signed by Donald Bradman and Prime Minister Robert Menzies, and a boat showing the imprints of smuggled drug packets.

Location: Australian Federal Police Complex, Unwin Street, Weston, ACT. Ph: (02) 6131 4418

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