31 January 2011

Federal police celebrate two decades with RMIT

Professor David Hayward

Professor David Hayward, Dean of the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, addresses guests at the 20-year celebrations in Melbourne.

Twenty years on, the RMIT relationship with the AFP remains strong. RMIT Criminal Justice Administration Program Director, Alan Ogilvie (left), AFP Commander Alan Scott, Professor David Hayward, Criminal Justice lecturer Michael Benes and Associate Dean, International and Justice Studies, Professor Joseph Siracusa.

RMIT University's long-term commitment to providing quality graduates for the Australian Federal Police has been officially recognised.

The 20-year relationship between the AFP and RMIT was celebrated at a special event hosted by AFP Manager Melbourne Office, Commander Alan Scott.

Designed to attract well-educated and highly motivated employees, the AFP undergraduate program began in 1990.

In 1995, the program was replaced by an internship initiative that has seen RMIT Criminal Justice Administration students undertake three-month internships in the AFP's Melbourne office.

Commander Scott said the students from both programs continued to deliver for the AFP.

"The AFP continues to employ students from the RMIT internship program, which is of clear benefit to both organisations and the students," he said.

"Many years down the track, students from the AFP undergraduate program continue to make a major contribution to the organisation.

"They are now spread across the AFP in all aspects of our business and have one of the lowest attrition rates of any group in the AFP."

Professor David Hayward, Dean of RMIT's School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, thanked the AFP for their hard work in continuing the program.

"The key to the success of the program lies in the willingness of the team leaders at the AFP to work with students to integrate them into the team's activities as much as possible," he said.

"This partnership has led to many benefits, including joint education and training opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region for senior police from various jurisdictions, such as the recent Asia Region Law Enforcement Program delivered in Melbourne to senior Pakistani Police officers."

The Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration) is one of RMIT's most popular offerings, consistently ranking in the University's top 10 programs by VTAC applications.

Each year more than 25 students vie for selection into the AFP placement program, one of the most coveted in the field.

The next RMIT internship program starts in March.

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