International Serious And Organised Crime Conference Opens In Melbourne

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17 October 2010

Media Release

International Serious and Organised Crime Conference opens in Melbourne

A major international conference focused on the fight against international serious and

organised crime opens in Melbourne tomorrow morning, Monday, 18 October.

The first ever International Serious and Organised Crime Conference (ISOC) is hosted by

the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) and sponsored by Victoria Police, the Australian

Crime Commission (ACC), Australian Federal Police and CrimTrac. 

The conference will be opened by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland and

keynote speakers will include John Lawler, Australian Crime Commission CEO; William

Hughes, former Director General of the UK Serious and Organised Crime Agency;  Gary

Lewis, Regional Representative for the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime; Steve

Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office of the Federal Bureau

of Investigation; and Professor Andrew Hughes, former Australian UN police chief now with

the University of Wollongong Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention.

Chief Commissioner Overland said the conference presented an invaluable opportunity for

law enforcement agencies from across the world to share their knowledge and experiences

in investigating and targeting organised crime.

“Organised crime is a key issue faced by law enforcement agencies around the world. Many

jurisdictions are using a range of methods to effectively investigate and target serious and

organised crime,” Mr Overland said.

“It is important that we come together to share our knowledge and individual experiences so

we can continue to disrupt organised and serious criminal activity."

AIC Director, Dr Adam Tomison, said ISOC would be attended by more than 300 delegates

over two days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, who will hear from top

Australian and international law enforcement and criminal justice practitioners, researchers

and policymakers from agencies involved in combating and understanding organised crime.

“The Institute has felt for some time that it was vitally important to provide an opportunity for

law enforcement and criminal justice experts to discuss the key issues facing us all in

combating serious and organised crime,” Dr Tomison said.

Organised crime places a massive burden on international economies and communities in

terms of lost revenue and costs to justice, health and social systems, with the ACC currently

estimating the annual cost of organised crime in Australia at $10 billion.


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Crime Commission CEO, John Lawler, said ISOC would explore a wide range of issues that

impact on our understanding of organised crime today and the strategies to combat it.

“The organised crime environment is dynamic and continually evolving — it touches on a

much broader scope of disciplines than the traditional law enforcement community. This

inaugural conference is an excellent opportunity for academics, government agencies and

industry to collaborate on best-practice and analyse local and international trends,” 

Mr Lawler said.

CrimTrac CEO, Ben McDevitt, said the future of Australian law enforcement relies on

effective information sharing and that forums such as these highlight the importance of


“As a provider of information sharing solutions, CrimTrac is focused on developing and

delivering the technology police and law enforcement agencies need to ensure a 

co-ordinated approach to investigations.”  

The conference will cover more than 40 topics in both plenary and concurrent sessions,

including expert analyses of organised crime groups such as the Italian and Russian mafias,

Colombian cartels and Chinese triads; cybercrime, fraud and identity theft; people smuggling

and people trafficking; and examine the nexus between organised crime and terrorism.

Other major themes will include the importance of intelligence-sharing and partnerships,

strengthening integrity and fighting corruption, innovation, performance measurement and

crime prevention strategies.

AFP National Manager Serious and Organised Crime, Assistant Commissioner Kevin

Zuccato, who will present on the AFP’s serious organised crime model to delegates, will also

provide closing remarks on behalf of Commissioner Tony Negus.

“Conferences such as this one play a critical role in ensuring that law enforcement agencies

keep pace with the rapidly changing nature of organised crime. They allow us to share

experiences and meet people in the same field of endeavour,” Assistant Commissioner

Zuccato said.

AIC media contact: Scott Kelleher Telephone: 02 6260 9244; Mobile: 0418 159 525.

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