ISOC Conference closing comments from AIC director Dr Adam Tomison

The 2013 International and Serious Crime Conference has, for participants, provided a better understanding of the nature and breadth of organised crime and emerging threats.

What became clear through presentations was that government and law enforcement agencies have embraced interagency coordination, collaboration and communication as a vital component of effective interdiction of organised crime threats.

However, we also know that organised crime continues to develop and ‘morph’ at a pace never before seen – this rapid change, and the overall size of the problem – is challenging for us all.

It was pleasing to hear therefore, of an increased focus by law enforcement on prevention – despite the inherent difficulties in measuring its success.

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) will continue to work on organised crime issues, as we have throughout our 40 years of operation. We are keen to strengthen our engagement with law enforcement and to work together on developing solutions for organised crime activity and to play to one of our strengths – working to create innovative ways to demonstrate the benefits that come from an investment in the prevention of organised crime.

The AIC would especially like to thank the Australian Crime Commission for partnering with us, all presenters and participants who attended ISOC13 in Brisbane this week, and also the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department for its valuable support.


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