Operation Serene

Operation Serene


After earlier deployments in 1999-2000, current Australian Federal Police (AFP) operations in Timor-Leste (East Timor) began in May 2006. The AFP deployment is known as Operation Serene

Government sources

East Timor 2006, AFP website

The AFP has now deployed around 200 members to East Timor in support of the Australian Defence Force led effort to help stabilise the country. Since first deploying a contingent of AFP members on 28 May 2006, two further deployments have been made to assist with the AFP’s operations, known as Operation Serene.”

Through the eyes of a forensic investigator, Federal agent Justine Adamek, AFP Forensic Services, Platypus No.92, September 2006.

“Forensic services have again formed part of an Australian police response in an international capacity in Timor-Leste, in this case for Operation Serene.”

Commentary and analysis

Policing the Neighbourhood, “Australian Police Peace-keeping, Capacity-building and Development in Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea” research project, Flinders University, South Australia

This project has three principal aims:

  1. to describe and analyse Australia’s recent and current involvement in police assistance missions in Timor-Leste (East Timor), Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea;
  2. to describe and analyse the local settings in these host countries in terms of how they interact with, and influence, police assistance missions;
  3. to develop an analytical framework by which Australian police assistance missions can be understood, assessed, and in the future, be guided so as to contribute effectively, equitably, and sensitively to the improvement of law and order in host countries.”

 See also: