Wednesday 27 November saw the Katherine Air Charter Cessna lift off the Groote Eylandt airstrip with Senior ACPO Trudy Tilly and Senior Constables Danny Srhoj and Marcus Tilbrook for the fifteen minute flight to visit the small community of Milyakburra on Bickerton Island.
Once a month Police Officers from Alyangula Station on Groote Eylandt visit the community their visits usually consisting of doing follow-ups and some enforcement. This time they visited the School as well, to work with the upper primary and middle school children.
The addition has been made due to the Community’s expressed desire – through the Community Safety Action Planning process – to have police become more involved in the education of their children. The OIC of Alyangula Station, Senior Sergeant Tony Deutrom, is working at having every patrol visit the School to add to their understanding of the law.
After dealing with the current and outstanding operational matters the Officers spent the afternoon session at the School splitting up to present three sessions in a ‘round robin’ of the class groups. Trudy covered mandatory reporting and what to do if you needed to tell someone ‘something’, Danny discussed weapons, including slingshots and blade, and Marcus instructed them how they should respond to police questioning when they think that they might be in trouble.
The session flowed well with the community benefitting from the visit, the kids getting really involved and enjoying the visit as well. “That looked like it was going to be very hard, but I quite enjoyed it, really!” Danny said afterwards.
Alyangula Police have a standing invitation at the Angurugu School and get to the Umbakumba School as they can. All three communities have asked for more police involvement in their schools, which is a great reflection on the Police Officers at Alyangula.