Launch of new Cyber Safety Pasifika program

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and National Rugby League (NRL) launched the new look Cyber Safety Pasifika program

On Friday 5th of May the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and National Rugby League (NRL) launched the new look Cyber Safety Pasifika program. The program is aimed at increasing the cyber safety awareness of vulnerable communities in the Pacific region.

This international program will deliver region specific information and training, as well as develop the skills of Pacific island police officers to increase their understanding of the risks associated with technology in the region and how to communicate that the their local communities.

The AFP’s successful partnership with the NRL has provided a unique opportunity to use sport as a way to bring a deeper awareness to online risks and how to manage them.

This reinvigorated program will build upon previous experience, updated to address the modern environment. In the coming months the AFP will train Pacific Police Officers to deliver informational workshops to teachers and students that address specific concerns identified in each community.

AFP Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close said “Cybercrime is not limited by international borders and can impact people no matter where they are. By working with our international policing partners and respected organisations like the NRL, we have a greater chance of delivering these important messages to more people.”

NRL Wellbeing and Education Manager, Paul Heptonstall applauded the continued work of the AFP in developing enhanced education to increase cyber safety, particularly throughout the Pacific communities. “Rugby League connects many communities together, both in Australia and abroad and the more we can partner with organisations and authorities to help promote positive messages about safety across all communities, the better.”