Code of Conduct and "oath" document

Phillip Sweeney made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Federal Police

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Phillip Sweeney

Dear Australian Federal Police,

For a person to become become an Australian Federal Police officer I assume they sign a document which might be described as an "oath" document or a similar name when the officer confirms that he or she will be committed to uphold the rule of law or a similar statement.

I seek a copy of this document with no details of any AFP officer, just the document that would be filled out and signed by the AFP officer.

I also seek a copy of the AFP Code of Conduct if such a document exists

Yours faithfully,

Phillip Sweeney

FOI, Australian Federal Police

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FOI, Australian Federal Police


Good Afternoon,

Your Freedom of Information Request

I refer to your below application dated 13 December 2016 in which you seek access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act).

Information considered irrelevant to the scope of your request

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- Names of AFP members, other than the Senior Executive.
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Kind Regards,

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Ellery, Jacqueline, Australian Federal Police

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Dear Mr Sweeney

Please find attached a decision in relation to your request regarding an "oath" document.




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