In 2011, Chief of Air Force outlined his intent for a balanced, integrated and air minded Security Forces capability to prepare for and conduct security measures across the full spectrum of Air Force operations. He directed that SECFOR must protect Air Force personnel, assets and capabilities in domestic, deployed and expeditionary operations that were self-reliant operations, as a coalition partner or as a coalition leader.
As a result, on 04 Jul 13, security in the RAAF underwent a significant change, where three Security Forces Squadrons were established, representing the new security forces organisation within Air Force, which have been designed to meet our airpower needs. This new structure provides coherency, standardisation, flexibility and responsiveness to deliver the required effect across the range of security tasks – from domestic security through to war fighting. The transition from our current organisation into the new SECFOR structure represents the most significant structural change within the Air Force security and ground defence families since Vietnam.
The establishment of these Squadrons is only part of the development of new Security Forces organisation. The 04 Jul 13 also marked the disbandment of the Security Police Mustering, and subsequent creation of two new musterings, Air Force Security (AFSEC) and Air Force Police (AFPOL). Service Policing has been an element of the Air Force since the original RAAF Provost Service in 1930, and has conducted security and policing roles for the Air Force both domestically and operationally since that time. RAAF Service Police have been an integral part of almost all operational deployments involving the RAAF. The development of the AFSEC and AFPOL musterings is the next step in the Service Police history, recognising the different and unique contribution that security and policing make to the Air Force.
RAAF Base Wagga is supported by a detachment of 1 Security Forces Squadron personnel from No 95 Wing, comprising of Air Force Police. The Air Force Police aim to achieve a safe and secure environment at RAAF Base Wagga through active community policing, conducting Service Police patrols and traffic enforcement throughout stand to and stand down hours, and further patrols of recreation and living in areas of base.
Active policing patrols of the base are conducted in order to assist Commanders by solving issues through early intervention. Air Force Police can deal with these minor issues on the spot where there is a requirement for simple corrective discipline; where something doesn’t need to be elevated through the disciplinary system, in order to positively affect and modify behaviour.
This method of active policing allows Air Force Police to detect any criminal activity a great deal earlier, effectively keeping base policing proactive, enabling Air Force Police to engage in a Service Police Investigation, or to refer an incident to a higher investigative authority earlier and greatly increase our ability to determine the facts of a matter at hand. As a result Air Force Police can effectively assist, and be a resource to, Commanders and their Executives in the maintenance of discipline within their units. Ultimately the purpose of the DFDA is to maintain good order and discipline, and AFPOL play an inherent part in that to assist unit Commanders maintain good order and discipline within their units.