Remote Policing Command field recon

29 August 2014
“I sure wish I had this talk (about the Model) before I went bush.”
S/Sgt Steve Martin, CEPO Constable 1/C Paul Keightley with Gapuwiyak Indigenous Engagement Officer Watha Wunungmurra & Government Engagement Coordinator Francine Chinn.
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Senior Sergeant Steve Martin, Remote Policing Command

These words came from a colleague at one of the bush stations in Arnhem-land who had served at several remote stations in both Northern and Southern Commands previously.  It highlighted the need to ensure remote police understand the model and show we are open to feedback, keen to identify local issues and improve.

In mid-August, Remote Policing Command (RPC) staff Steve Martin and Marcus Tilbrook conducted a tour through Arnhem-land to update staff at bush stations on the Regional and Remote Policing Model (the Model), gain feedback on the application of the Model and conduct preparations for the field phase of the Community Engagement Police Officer (CEPO) course for new personnel in mid to late September.

The tour enabled RPC to speak directly with OIC’s and local Police at the following stations:

  1. Gunbalunya
  2. Maningrida
  3. Ramingining
  4. Gapuwiyak
  5. Bulman; and
  6. Maranboy

Feedback from staff at these stations was as positive as it was instructive.  The aim and principles of the Model were well accepted and we were provided some absolute gems on local initiatives, new ideas and practical considerations and solutions that will influence the Model into the future.  Our thanks go to all members for their open and honest feedback.  This feedback will inform future updates and amendments to the Model.

So what is the Regional and Remote Policing Model?  Simply put, the Model is designed to do two things for the Regional Operations Service (ROS).  They are:

Resource the Service (staff, infrastructure, additional support, training, equipment etc.); and

Give clear direction and guidance to members operating in the Service.

The Model is available to all Police on the PFES Intranet page in the Regional Operations Service quick link box (follow the prompts).

A big part of the Model is the Community Partnership Policing ethos, which incorporates forming and sustaining local Community Safety Committees (CSC) and their Community Safety Action Plans (CSAP).  Much good work has already gone into these committees and plans with the Model operating since June 2013.  It is now timely to review and update your local CSAPs for this financial year with your local CSCs.

The CEPOs operating in your region will be supporting local Police and communities in the development of Community Mapping in the following months, which is designed to support knowledge capture and transfer for the organisation at the local, district and command levels.  This is a big project and will take a significant amount of time for the CEPOs; and I ask that you give them all the support you can by passing on your hard won knowledge of the community so we can pass that information on to subsequent generations of Police living and working in your district.

RPC and the CEPOs will continue to travel out to our remote stations and provide support and information to members.  For further information on any of the projects currently being undertaken by RPC, please do not hesitate to contact our office on (08) 89 010329.