Linda Champion, Manager Europe, Africa & Middle East, Australian Federal Police, UK
With 28 years’ experience in the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Linda Champion has worked in a variety of fields including uniform policing, ACT Police, Townsville Crime Branch, Internal Investigations and the AFP whistle-blowers Confidant Network. In aviation, Linda’s roles included Coordinator Air Security Officer Programme, Coordinator Regional Rapid Deployment Teams, and then Canberra Airport Police Commander. Following those positions, Linda managed the AFP’s Spectrum Program, an ICT Program of work to identify requirements and tender for a new investigations management system.
Linda then performed the role of Coordinator for Special References – investigation teams responsible for the more politically sensitive referrals, after which she was promoted as the Manager for the AFP Fraud and Anti-Corruption portfolio, where she created the multiagency Fraud and Anti-corruption Centre.
Linda now works at the London Post as the Manager responsible for AFP operations and liaison in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Linda has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management through the Australian Institute of Police Management, and an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration through the Australian National University.
Impact of identity crime
The AFP-hosted Fraud and Anti-Corruption (FAC) Centre recently undertook a multi-agency data-matching initiative that examined the nature and extent of criminal offences enabled by fraudulent identities manufactured by one organised criminal syndicate.
Key findings of this investigation include confirmation that fraudulent identities enable a raft of other more serious offences, such as money laundering, drug trafficking and large financial frauds. The project also confirmed that criminals used fraudulent identities to avoid detection by authorities.
Identity crime is recognised as one of the most common and costly crimes in Australia. Detecting and preventing the fraudulent use of personal information presents significant challenges for law enforcement.
The results provide compelling evidence of the importance of initiatives under Australia’s National Identity Security Strategy, which aim to enhance identity security and verification processes within Australia including the Document Verification Service and new face matching services being established as part of the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability.
The initiative highlights the important role for regulatory agencies and industry to ensure identity verification processes are robust.
- Detecting and preventing the fraudulent use of personal information presents significant challenges for law enforcement.
- Fraudulent identities enable a raft of other more serious offences and allow criminals to avoid detection.
- A recent AFP-led multi-agency data-matching initiative provides compelling evidence of the significant value of facial biometric matching to law enforcement.