Northern Commander's message

Commander Tony Fuller APM has responsibility for the
Northern Command, which includes the Northern and Road Policing, Firearms and East Arnhem Divisions

Nhulunbuy’s crime figures continue to remain in the single figures on a month by month basis. Total offences against the person, although slightly increased in comparison to 2017, are still substantially lower compared to 2014 to 2016 period. Alcohol remains a significant contributing factor for assaults. As such, we are continuing to engage with the community and local business to target alcohol and antisocial behaviour in an effort to reduce personal violence. This includes the ongoing targeting of secondary supply by working with local licenced premises, the use of point of sale interventions, criminal intelligence and liquor licencing. We also continue to target other drivers of crime including the possession and sale of illicit substances. 

Local police continue to carry out regular engagement activities in the community to promote personal and property safety, as well as other current initiatives including Neighbourhood Watch, ‘dob in a dealer’ and traffic safety campaigns. Our youth engagement work with local youth and other agencies has seen a large increase in youth participation and positive interactions with police. These engagement activities are reflective of the important work we all have in ensuring a safe and resilient community and the subsequent results demonstrate that it can be achieved.

We are seeing an increase in humidity in parts of the Northern Command as the Dry Season comes to a close. It’s timely that communities which could be affected by cyclones/flooding should consider whether they’re prepared for such events. Further safety advice can be found on the Northern Territory Emergency Service website, with cyclone and flood plans and advice available online. Other parts of the region require communities to be prepared for unexpected grass and bushfires associated with the drier weather, with further advice available on the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service’s website.