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Public Sector Informant : PSI
16 THE PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMANT [MAY 2010] CRICOS Provider Code 00002J MASTER COUNTER TERRORISM, INTELLIGENCE AND POLICING Academic programs are available in the following areas: • Postgraduate Certi cate, Diploma, Masters or Double Masters in: Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism* International Security Studies • Postgraduate Certi cate in: Intelligence • Postgraduate Certi cate or Diploma in: Computer Forensics • Higher Degree Research: PhD Master of Philosophy *Selected courses will be delivered in Sydney and Canberra in 2010. The academic and professional program at The Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism combines theory and knowledge with policy and practice in strategic policing, intelligence operations, counter terrorism issues and national and international security. Contact us: Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (02) 9850 1420 Web www.pict.mq.edu.au THE CENTRE FOR POLICING, INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTER TERRORISM TRAINING&DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS 10-05297 ADVERTISING FEATURE Serious crime -- a key consideration for national security Threat to security: Serious crime is fast approaching terrorism as the most readily recognised threat to security. SERIOUS crime, especially transnational organised crime, is fast approaching terrorism as the most readily recognised threat to security. While dramatised depictions of trivialised organised crime and corruption and glorified crimi- nals, corruptors and the corrupt- ed provide light entertainment, it also carries the real risk of dulling an insufficiently informed community's alertness to the seriousness of the threat these actually pose to national security. Large-scale transnational serious and organised crime transcends geographic borders and legal jurisdictions daily, reeking illicit profits, demeaning sovereignty and endangering the very safety, security and well- being of nations, including Aust- ralia. It generates enormous illegal income, robs governments of efficacy and prospers through the corruption of institutional structures, systems and people. Globalisation, improvements in technology, transport, commun- ications, freedom of travel and greater fluidity in worldwide financial transactions have all opened new pathways to infil- trate and abuse nation-states. These developments now her- ald a demand for better study and understanding of the phenomenon, greater collabor- ation between combating agen- cies and supporting institutions, more innovative mechanisms for the acquisition and analysis of intelligence, development of strategy and introduction of more effective responses and preventative measures. Home-grown organised crime has significant economic and wider well-being consequences of national importance, crime overseas, both near and far also has adverse consequences here. Crime which transcends our borders presents an especially formidable challenge, warrant- ing the clearest attention. Inclusion of organised crime as a threat in Australia's first Natio- nal Security Statement (Decem- ber, 2008), sets a clear agenda for the whole of government, and for the academic fraternity directly supporting them in research and development. Similarly, the Review of Home- land and Border Security by Ric Smith AO PSM, identified that important changes needed to made to improve Australia's security structure and culture. This holistic approach by gov- ernment at all levels will be enhanced by knowledge and skills honed through partici- pation in aligned higher edu- cation delivered through repu- table professional and academic programs specifically focusing upon the identified threats and challenges outlined in these pronouncements of government. In this context, Macquarie University's Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terror- ism (PICT) has developed high level programs focused specifi- cally on security and policing studies for professionals. It is headed by former NSW Minister for Police, the Hon. Peter Anderson, AM and offers advanced, cross-discipline programs both to Australian and international students from its modern facility at Macquarie University and through delivery by online facilities for distance and remote learning. The programs are designed to meet the needs of practitioners and other professionals, especially those engaged in or aspiring to enter the fields of policing, intel- ligence, security, the military and other committed agencies, or for those who need to better under- stand the dynamics, relation- ships and inter-operability within these fields. The centre also offers intensive courses presented by adjunct professors Clive Williams and John McFarlane and include; Terrorism Issues (September 20-24 ) Security in Business and Gov- ernment (August 2-6) Currently in residence at the centre, former NSW Police Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Graeme Morgan, APM, said, "Better holistic understanding and collaboration by profes- sionals can be materially advanced through participation in specifically designed higher education programs of the kind offered by PICT at Macquarie University. Participation of this kind is an investment in a better future, both for individual par- ticipants and for the nation."
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