Two Community Engagement Police Officers started with Southern Command this month after a four-day training course in Alice Springs.
Senior Constable Marcus Tilbrook, CEPO Northern Command
Constable Nick Mitchell joined the NT Police on Squad 115 in December 2012 and has worked at Alice Springs and Ntaria. He comes to us from Sydney where he was a bar manager at the Hornsby RSL for six years while he completed a Bachelor of Social Science and Policing, with a major in criminology. He will work with the police stationed at Yulara, Mutitjulu, Docker River, Imanpa, Kulgera, Finke and Titjikala.
Constable 1/C Shane Blanchard joined us on ARP Squad 121 from the New Zealand Police where he was a Youth Prosecutor for most of his 11 years there – interspersed with police secondments to the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Timor Leste. He has worked at Alice Springs, Santa Teresa, Titjikala, Finke, Willowra and Nyirripi since graduation. His beat will now be Kintore, Papunya, Haasts Bluff, Yuendumu and Nyirripi .
After instructional material that ranged from considering the abstract (Hofstede’s power-distance relationships in collectivist societies) to the blunt (communication strategies that can include ‘if you drink on this side of the blue sign inside the restricted area, you’ll be arrested’) they felt better prepared than they had before.
Southern CEPO coordinator, Senior Constable 1/C Jenny Hamilton joined Senior Sergeant Steve Martin and Senior Constable Marcus Tilbrook in providing the first three days training at the Damian Clifton Centre in Wilkinson Street, which was followed up the next day by Remote Sergeant Owen Auricht APM who took the Southern Command CEPO’s through their paces with 4WD vehicle preparation, inspection, maintenance, minor repair and recovery.
They are both looking forward to getting out to the communities and working with remote police to engage with the local populations and the service providers.