Talkfest for top cops on Coast

TOP international crime fighters will share accounts of their battles against global fraud, child sex networks and terrorism at a conference on the Gold Coast this week.

But the identities of many of the conference participants, and their reports, will remain shrouded in secrecy.

The FBI National Academy Retraining Conference is an opportunity for law-enforcement agencies to discuss issues such as terrorism, drug trafficking, fraud, child exploitation and internet crime.

“It is critically important our law-enforcement agencies engage with each other, and these conferences provide the perfect opportunity to do that,” Queensland Police Minister Neil Roberts said yesterday. “All nations, Australia included, need to be constantly and eternally vigilant against international terrorism and crime.

AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty addressed the conference yesterday. Delegates at the three-day conference will also hear from FBI agent George Piro, who spent seven months leading the interrogation of Saddam Hussein and other key figures in the former Iraq regime.

All sessions are being held behind closed doors.

“All of our agencies proactively work with each other on a national basis and develop very strong links internationally on these issues,” Mr Roberts said.

“This conference is just one more opportunity to learn more about the experience of international players and enhance and develop the skills of our own officers.”

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