A leader in Kintore

21 October 2015
Aboriginal Liaison Officer Charlie Michael, or ‘Ringo’ as he prefers to be called, has hit the ground running in Kintore.
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Since he began working for NT Police in July, Ringo has established himself as a proactive, hardworking team member at Kintore Police Station. Ringo is a leader in the community and his dedication to making his community stronger is evident in the work he is undertaking with Kintore Police. In conjunction with his Liaison Officer role, Ringo is undertaking English classes at Yirara College.

Living in and around Kintore for his entire life, his knowledge of the community and its people has been of great benefit to the Kintore team. Ringo was recently identified offenders from CCTV footage of a break and enter in Nyirripi, enabling the Police to quickly arrest and charge the offenders.

Ringo joined W.A. Sergeant Steve Cole (stationed at Kintore) and went on his first trip to Kwirrikurra. Sergeant Cole stated that Ringo saved him three hours of time, “Ringo was able to get the people of interest to the business office in short time, follow-ups were completed, community happy, Police happy.” Steve and Ringo have continued to make these trips, Ringo’s knowledge of community and land providing very beneficial.

Safe4Kids Managing Director Holly-Ann Martin travels to remote communities throughout NT and WA teaching ‘Protective Behaviour’ education to schools and families. She recently returned from Kintore where she worked with Remote Sergeant Kent and Kintore Police. “Catie, Steve and Ringo, worked tirelessly making sure the community members attended the workshops and the high school students were present at school so as not to miss this vital educational program,” she said.

Ringo and Constable Catie Martin were tasked to attend and assist with the Central Land Council (CLC) Money Meetings in Haasts Bluff assisting Aboriginal Community Police Officer (ACPO) Derek Williams and Remote Sergeant Jones. Ringo and Derek with their knowledge of family and community provided timely updates and quelled verbal disputes. Thanks to their assistance it was a positive and smooth running week.

Ringo is still overcoming obstacles predominantly with literacy and numeracy, Kintore Police are assisting in sourcing appropriate literacy and numeracy programs that can be delivered in Kintore.

Constable Catie Martin says, “One of the most difficult issues to overcome for Police Officers working in remote locations is the language barrier. Having Ringo work alongside us, means our messages are getting across accurately and the community feels that we understand their issues.”

The Aboriginal Liaison Officer program is creating jobs in remote communities and the benefit to all involved is evident in the great feedback and good news stories that continue being shared.

Keep up the great work Ringo!