Darwin Commander's Message

Acting Commander Gavin Kennedy is responsible for providing leadership to Darwin Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston (including Adelaide River and Batchelor Police Station) and Alcohol Policing Division. The Darwin statistics encompass Darwin and Casuarina. The Palmerston statistics include Palmerston and the surrounds.

On 4 June 2019, the Darwin and Palmerston community was impacted by the violent actions of a person resulting in the death of four members of the community, the serious physical injury of another and the exposure to the related trauma and grief by the wider community. Police investigations (Operation Moor) continue into these tragic events and the community has been helpful with information to assist the investigation. The offender responsible for the events was arrested on the evening and the matter is currently before the courts.

Overall for the 12 month period ending June 2019 compared with the 12 month period ending June 2018, across the Northern Territory, there continues to be a decrease of total assaults and this was reflected in both Darwin and Palmerston. This trend was also reflected in decreases in both domestic violence and alcohol related assaults Darwin and Palmerston.

RegionTotal AssaultsDV Related AssaultsAlcohol Related Assaults
 % change% change% change
ALL NT-16%-12%-24%


Palmerston Police in particular have been working hard to drive down offences against the person which is reflected in the decrease of assaults proper by 124 incidents for the reporting period or a decrease of 19%. The concerted effort in driving down offences against the person has seen an overall decrease in the reporting period of 567 incidents for the reporting period or a decrease of some 15%.

For the June 2019 reporting period, the commercial break ins across Darwin further trended down with a decline of 21% compared to the same 12 month period last year. There was still a concerning increase of 12% in residential break ins. Overall though total property offences were down by 4% across Darwin.

Overall for the 12 month period ending June 2019 compared with the 12 month period ending June 2018, total property offences in Palmerston decreased by 15% which was, in part, driven by a whopping further decrease in commercial break ins of 31%. Residential break ins in Palmerston have also decreased by 7%.

Police continue to remind the greater NT community to not be complacent about our home, business or vehicle security. Please secure your premises and your vehicles to reduce opportunistic crime. Please report suspicious behaviour. The partnership between police and the community is very important and together we need to remove opportunities for criminals to commit offences against us so that you do not become an unnecessary victim.

The Neighbourhood Watch NT community safety campaign ‘Stop.  Look. Lock.’ is proudly supported by Darwin Command and drives the message of the community taking appropriate measures to make it difficult for criminals who wish to violate our homes and businesses. Don’t leave items of value visible within your vehicles, lock your businesses and homes (even when you are at home), secure your vehicle keys and seek support from Victims of Crime NT around home safety or access grant programs such as Biz Secure to increase the security of commercial businesses. 

Police will continue to incorporate a number of high profile traffic enforcement campaigns. Drivers are reminded of the need to always consider the ‘fatal five’ causes of serious crashes in the NT:

  • speeding
  • drink and drug driving
  • failure to wear a seatbelt
  • driving while fatigued
  • distraction and inattention.