Darwin Metropolitan Commander's message

A/Commander Warren Jackson has responsibility for the Darwin Metropolitan Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston and Rural, and Northern Operations Divisions.

Following a few good months it was unfortunate that a series of crime sprees perpetrated by small groups of opportunistic thieves created an increase to residential property statistics.
I am happy to say that through the combined efforts of police across the region, in particular Strike Force Trident, the vast majority of offenders were apprehended and large amounts of personal property recovered, including 12 stolen vehicles in a single week. It highlights the need to ensure properties are secured at all times and the act of locking doors and keeping valuables out of sight is often enough to deter would-be offenders.

It is important to show that there is more to policing than enforcement and during the recent school holiday break, officers from the Community and Youth Engagement Team were heavily involved in a number of activities throughout Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston, including ‘coffee with a cop’ at key locations, the solar car workshop, AFL youth clinic and youth basketball enterprises in Malak and Palmerston. NT Police are always keen to support community-based initiatives so anyone wanting to arrange an event are encouraged to make contact by emailing CommunityandYouthEngagement.PFES@pfes.nt.gov.au.

The commencement of the last school term signifies that Christmas is drawing closer. At this time of year we invariably see an increase of people beginning celebrations, whether for work or before heading out of town on holiday. Now more than ever, we must remind ourselves of the value we place on our lives and those of everyone around us, including family and friends. The statistics clearly show that alcohol is a factor in more than 50% of assaults that occur across the region, with many of these incidents resulting in serious injuries and sometimes worse. As members of the community, police want people to have the freedom to enjoy themselves but not at the expense of their safety or that of others. We encourage everybody to consider the consequences of their actions and not to take unnecessary risks.

At every opportunity I like to warn people that driving, at the best of times, can be quite dangerous. Tragically we continue to lose lives on our roads because of poor decisions.
When you get behind the wheel you have a number of choices to make that could save lives. The message is simple:

  • Don’t drink and drive;
  • Make sure everybody in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt; and
  • Always drive to the conditions and travel at an appropriate speed within the limits.

After all, enough is enough.

If you have any information that you wish to share about an issue you think NT Police need to be aware of, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous when reporting to Crime Stoppers).