Northern Commander's message

Acting Commander Warren Jackson has responsibility for the
Northern Command, which includes the Northern and Road Policing, Firearms and East Arnhem Divisions

The statistics for the Nhulunbuy Region remained steady in the last reporting period with only incremental changes in personal and property crime. The most pleasing significant result is the 3% reduction in domestic violence related assaults, as well as a 50% reduction of assaults relating to alcohol. This is a clear indication that the community is taking the issue seriously.

Northern Command police have been working with locals to reduce instances of alcohol related violence. One example of this is the efforts of members in Nhulunbuy who worked with the local community around the Gove AFL Grand Final to maintain order and social harmony and wellbeing. As a result of the harm reduction initiative, there were no domestic violence or other alcohol-related violence incidents or antisocial behaviour recorded over the weekend. This is a great example of what our community can achieve when we work together. Our officers also arrested a number of people in the region on drug charges during September. Members of the public are encouraged to report any suspicious or illegal activity to police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

The 2017-18 season provided us with a number of extreme weather events, including flooding in Daly River, as well as Tropical Cyclones Marcus and Nora. Now is the time to plan and prepare for any eventuality as globally these events seem to be getting more severe and destructive. For information please visit www.secure.nt.gov.au.

The start of the Wet Season in October provides a reminder to stay safe on our roads. Despite the normal hazards associated with driving in wet weather, it also brings the additional challenges of flooded roads and causeways. With the road toll nearly double what is was last year, police are urging people not to risk their lives by entering waterways. It is much better to wait until the water recedes or better still plan and prepare to have an alternate route. Of course it’s not just driving – wading, swimming or otherwise trying to cross swollen creeks and rivers is immeasurably dangerous as threats exist everywhere. The Northern Territory Emergency Service has produced a series of flood safe videos in English and Indigenous languages to help get this message out to the public.

As Christmas and the New Year approach, we must reflect on what could only be described as an absolutely horrific year for road fatalities. Police have been working with partner agencies on projects such as the Towards Zero campaign, as well as actively trying to educate the public about the simple steps to take to keep safe on the roads. Speed, alcohol, seatbelts, fatigue, mobile devices and not driving to the conditions continue to be major contributing factors in the serious crashes occurring on Northern Territory roads. Police are committed to ensuring we finish the year without further tragedies, so drivers should expect to be dealt with accordingly if they fail to adhere to the road rules.