Getting involved in Minyerri

18 March 2014
Remote Sergeant Adam Russell and newly-graduated Constable Nathaniel Wessler have both just arrived for their three-month secondment in Minyerri, 40 kilometers south of the Roper Highway on the way to Ngukurr.
The Minyerri Community Night Patrol – Darren Farrell, Audrey Hodgson and Neil Hodgson.
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Senior Constable Marcus Tilbrook – Community Engagement Police Officer (CEPO) Groote Eylandt and the Roper Gulf

Day one on the job for Nate, he found himself at the other end of Police College life when he was involved in a domestic violence incident as a trainer, rather than a trainee. He was assisting Remote Sergeant Adam Russell in delivering some DV training to the Minyerri Night Patrol. 'T he Night Patrol is often the first port-of-call for this type of incident in communities. We are providing them with some continuation training using some of the techniques taught at the Police College,’ R/Sgt Russell said.

Minyerri Night Patrol's reponse was very positive;

‘It’s good to be shown how the Police do it. They took us through safety and separating people arguing.’ Audrey Hodgson, a long-time Night Patroller.

‘Keeping each other in sight is important, to help each other if there’s trouble,’ says Darren Farrell.

Everyone involved sees this as a way to get to know each other and to reinforce the bond between the Police and the Night Patrol. Minyerri Police hope to be able to do this on occasion as an addition to the training the Night Patrol receives from the Roper Gulf Regional Council.