Insignia

‘To Serve and Protect’ – these are the words emblazoned on the shoulders of every Northern Territory Police member, including community police, auxiliaries, air wing and the police chaplain.

Shoulder patch

Police patch

Both the motto and the patch design came from members of the force.

Until the mid 1960s Northern Territory Police wore the Australian Coat of Arms on their cap badges then it was replaced with the kangaroo insignia.

The current shoulder patch was adopted in 1990 and has at its centre a kangaroo, symbolising the Australian Outback, surrounded by a laurel wreath featuring the Territory’s floral emblem, Sturt Desert Rose; and standing beneath St Edward's Crown, the crown used at coronations, symbolising Commonwealth links. Below, a scroll displays the police motto and the words ‘Northern Territory Police’ are above.

The shoulder patch design was selected from staff submissions, with Senior Constable Peter Hamon accredited with the design that led to its final form. His submission included the words ‘Serve’ and ‘Protect’, which in turn are accredited to Senior Constable Arthur Eggleston.

Hat badge

Police hat badge

The main feature of the silver plated hat and cap badge is a kangaroo, symbolising the Australian Outback, this is situated beneath the St Edwards Crown, the crown used at coronations, symbolising Commonwealth links.

Either side of the kangaroo is surrounded by a laurel wreath featuring the Territory's floral emblem, the Sturt Desert Rose. At the centre of the badge is a blue scroll depicting the words ‘Northern Territory’, beneath the kangaroo is a larger blue scroll with the word ‘Police’ in capital letters