During February 2011, Cambodian National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun hosted Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus APM and Assistant Commissioner Steve Lancaster APM during a three day visit to Cambodia.
Commissioner Negus was invited to Cambodia to join Commissioner General Neth in signing the inaugural Memorandum of Understanding between the AFP and the CNP before the Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, as well as officially opening a course for senior police officers from ASEAN nations.
During this visit to Cambodia, Commissioner Negus also met with Prime Minister Hun Sen. During the meeting the Prime Minister thanked Commissioner Negus for the AFP’s assistance to Cambodia and asked the AFP to continue its level of cooperation. Commissioner Negus noted the excellent relationship between the AFP and CNP and said that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding signified a strengthening of Australia’s commitment to Cambodia.
Also during the visit, Commissioner Negus hosted a gifting ceremony with Commissioner General Neth. During this ceremony, Commissioner Negus presented 115 ballistic vests, reflective safety vests, LED traffic direction wands and hand-held metal detectors/scanners to the Cambodian National Police in order to improve the safety of Cambodian police officers and enhance public security in Cambodia.
Commissioner Negus noted the overall success of the visit and the excellent relationship shared by Australian and Cambodian law enforcement; a relationship that has produced many successful outcomes during the year.