The Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN) has been working collaboratively with the Pacific law enforcement community since its inception in 2002.
The PTCN provides a Police-led proactive criminal intelligence and investigative capability to combat transnational crime in the Pacific through a multi-agency and regional approach. The PTCN is proudly supported by the Australian Federal Police, New Zealand Inc., and the Joint Interagency Task Force-West.
The PTCN also partners with a number of Pacific-based stakeholder organisations including: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; Oceania Customs Organisation; Pacific Immigration Directors Conference; Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency; Pacific Patrol Boat Program; and Financial Intelligence Units.
The network has expanded to consist of 25 locally staffed Transnational Crime Units (TCU’s) located within 17 Pacific Island countries. The Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre (PTCCC) based in Apia, Samoa, performs the central coordination role of managing, enhancing, and disseminating law enforcement intelligence products produced by the PTCCC, PTCN member countries and other international law enforcement partners. The strategic direction of the PTCN is set by the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and is underpinned by three primary governance documents:
- Memorandum of Agreement between the Chair PICP & Chair PTCN ELT supporting the continuation of the PTCN;
- Exchange of Letters between the Chair PTCN ELT & AFP regarding funding arrangements; and
- Memorandum of Understanding between Chair PTCN ELT and the Government of Samoa to house PTCCC.
History in last 5 years
The PTCN has continued to evolve and develop into a high-profile and operationally focused law enforcement intelligence network. The PTCN has recently expanded to include additional member countries and established TCU’s in America Samoa, Tuvalu, Nauru and Guam. Discussions are continuing with the outstanding PICP member countries — New Caledonia and French Polynesia — to consider formally joining the PTCN.
Current Projects and/or Focus
The PTCCC is tasked with producing the annual PTCN Transnational Crime Assessment (TCA) to provide the Pacific Islands law enforcement decision makers with a broad operational-level overview of the transnational crimes being committed across the region, in addition to an intelligence-informed strategic forecast of the preeminent transnational crime risks and trends impacting on the Pacific region. The PTCCC also produces a suite of intelligence products, including the bi-annual Pacific Illicit Drug Seizures Assessment to specifically inform the law enforcement community of the current illicit drug trafficking trends in the Pacific. Broader PTCN activities and key functions include:
Annual PTCN Transnational Crime Conference.
Collaboration with Pacific law enforcement agencies and regional forums to exchange intelligence to detect and combat transnational crime within the Pacific.
Enhancing the intelligence skills and capability of the PTCN through the professional development of attached officers and implementation of consistent TCU practices and procedures.