Commissioner of Police and Chief Executive Officer of Fire and Emergency Services
Jamie Chalker APM
Mr Jamie Chalker APM was announced as the new Commissioner of Police and CEO of Fire and Emergency Services on 31 October 2019. Joining the Northern Territory Police Force in 1994, Commissioner Chalker has spent more than half his career policing outside of Darwin across a wide range of policing areas, including general duties, remote policing, criminal investigations and executive roles.
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In 1999, Commissioner Chalker was awarded a Royal Human Society Bronze Medal for Bravery for entering flood waters and rescuing a man who had been swept down river in Wattie Creek, near Daguragu.
He holds the Australian Police Medal and has a number of career highlights through his investigations into homicide, serious drug and organised crime. Mr Chalker was appointed to Assistant Commissioner in 2012 and acted in the role of Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner during that time. He left the agency in 2016 to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development, where he led significant reform across that agency.
Chief of Staff
Commander Travis Wurst joined the Northern Territory Police Force in July 1995. Commencing as a general duties officer in Alice Springs, he has served in numerous remote communities across the Territory including Papunya, Yuendumu and Nhulunbuy. Commander Wurst has now taken up the position as the Chief of Staff, directly supporting the Commissioner and CEO. He holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Investigations as well as a Master in Investigations.
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In 2000, Mr Wurst moved into the Investigations stream, becoming a Detective in 2002 while working in the Sexual Crimes Unit. Following promotion in 2005 to Detective Sergeant, he move across to Major Crime.
A change of pace beckoned and in 2007; he moved with his wife, Jodi, to the Arnhem Land community of Nhulunbuy. In 2010, he swapped the tropics for the desert where he took up a role as OIC of the central Australian remote stations from Alice Springs.
In July 2011, Mr Wurst moved back into Investigations as the local Crime OIC. He was promoted to Superintendent in 2013 and was posted to Alice Springs. This role saw him presiding over a challenging period where significant positive community safety outcomes were achieved through unique management of unsafe alcohol consumption.
2016 brought a move back to Darwin to the Superintendent Major Crime role before moving to the Commander Crime position. In 2019, as Commander Darwin, Travis operated as the Regional Emergency Management Controller for major cyclone weather events, and more recently, he led the Police Operations Centre for Operation Moor – the response into the shooting deaths of four people in Darwin on 4 June 2019.
Deputy Commissioner People, Crime and Capability
Murray Smalpage APM
Murray Smalpage APM was appointed to Deputy Commissioner People, Crime and Capability with the Northern Territory Police Force in February 2020. Originally from the Western Australia Police Force, Deputy Commissioner Smalpage has been a police officer since 1979 and served in a number of roles, including positions in remote locations throughout WA. He brings extensive experience in remote, regional and CBD policing, accountabilities for professional standards, strategic abilities and demonstrated potential to develop capability across all areas of our police force.
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After serving two years in Metropolitan WA as the Director of Intelligence, Murray returned to his self-declared home within the WAPF, the Regional WA Portfolio where he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner. The role included responsibility for and management of 124 police stations, 7 districts in the largest policing jurisdiction in the world. In May 2019, Murray was appointed to Assistant Commissioner Professional Standards.
Murray possesses a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and Diplomas in Policing, Criminal Investigations and Management. His strong leadership and positive influence has seen him on numerous state National Committee’s and Boards. He received the Australian Police Medal in 2000 for distinguished service in Crime reduction and management strategies implemented as the OIC of the Midland Detectives.
Deputy Commissioner Operations and Road Safety
Michael Murphy APM
Michael Murphy APM joined the Northern Territory Police Force in July 1997 and has served in various roles across the NT within general duties and crime in Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Papunya, Yuendumu, Kintore, Ngukurr, Katherine and Darwin. Deputy Commissioner Murphy’s leadership strategy is to lead by example and to provide a respected and strong role model with clear and consistent values for colleagues. He promotes values-led leadership and a situational leadership style.
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Mr Murphy was appointed to Superintendent in 2008 and to Commander in 2011. He then went on to become Assistant Commissioner in 2017 and was then appointed to Deputy Commissioner Operations in 2018.
Deputy Commissioner Murphy has been awarded the National Medal, the NT Police Service Medal and the Remote Service Ribbon. He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2018 for his distinguished service and his ability to shape strategic thinking.
Deputy Commissioner Murphy has a Diploma in Public Safety, a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Management from Charles Darwin University and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) and has completed the AIPM Australian New Zealand Leadership Strategy.
Deputy Commissioner Murphy is also a member of the Board of Management for the NT Police Legacy.
Assistant Commissioner People and Cultural Reform
Michael White APM
Assistant Commissioner White spent extensive periods acting as Assistant Commissioner and was previously promoted to Commander Southern in September 2017. Commencing with the Northern Territory Police Force in 1984, Mr White served in many areas around the Territory including Alice Springs, Batchelor, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Jabiru.
Assistant Commissioner Crime, Intelligence and Capability
Nick Anticich APM
Nick Anticich APM commenced his policing career in 1980 when he joined the Australian Federal Police. Since then he has been involved in law enforcement at the international, national, federal and state levels having served with the Australian Federal Police, the National Crime Authority, the Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission and the WA Police Force. Mr Anticich was seconded from the Western Australia Police Force in 2019 as the Assistant Commissioner of Crime, Intelligence and Capability. He had previously conducted a review of the Northern Territory disciplinary process in 2018.
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Assistant Commissioner Anticich's academic achievements include a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership with the Australian Institute of Police Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Police Management with Charles Sturt University. He has completed the Leadership in Counter Terrorism International Program and the US Federal Bureau of Investigations Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.
He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2011 for his significant contribution to law enforcement at an operational level and his commitment to investigating corrupt activity within policing jurisdictions and at all levels of Government.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Darwin and Support
*Travis Wurst is currently acting Assistant Commissioner while permanent recruitment to this portfolio is underway.
Assistant Commissioner Regional and Remote Operations
Dr Narelle Beer
Dr Narelle Beer was appointed to the role of Assistant Commissioner Regional Operations with the Northern Territory Police Force in September 2018. Originally from the Victoria Police, Ma'am Beer has over 30 years policing experience and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in leadership, ethics, integrity and standards achieved throughout her diverse career in operational, strategic and business policing roles.
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Those roles included Divisional Commander, Local Area Commander and Manager Professional Standards Command where she was responsible for developing, leading and promoting statewide multi-agency transformation and modernisation strategies to reduce high harm crime incidents.
At the time of her appointment, Narelle Beer was studying her Doctorate of Police Leadership from Charles Sturt University, graduating in May 2020. Her doctorate thesis was entitled "Police corruption may be inevitable, but is it foreseeable?".
Dr Beer also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Law, Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Masters in Police Leadership and Management.
Chief Fire Officer, Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service
Mark Spain AFSM
Mark Spain AFSM was appointed Chief Fire Officer of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service on 11 July 2016.
Mr Spain joined the NTFRS Operations D Watch, Darwin in 1986 after completing his recruit program with the, then, Western Australian Fire Brigade. Most of Mr Spain's career has been with the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service, having been promoted to Station Officer in 1994 and transferring to Operations B Watch before taking a two year posting as the OIC of Jabiru’s Emergency Response Area.
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In 1997, Mark transferred back to Operations A Watch and then transferred to Training and Development for two years with several career highlights including delivering two recruit programs as the lead instructor training fire service members from Kupung, West Timor. Mr Spain also implemented new breathing apparatus sets into service, along with the Freight liners FL80s and TELESQIRTS aerial/pumpers program.
In 2001, Mark laterally transferred as a senior firefighter to the ACT Fire Brigade experiencing the 2001 and 2003 Canberra fires, and in 2004 had relocated to Ballarat Victoria as a Structural Instructor for the Country Fire Authority before returning to the NTFRS in 2005 as a Senior Station Officer. Mark was promoted to District Officer in 2008 and was OIC across a number of Commands including Training and Development, Capability and Development, Fire Safety and Operations Darwin and Northern.
Mark has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and completed the Strategic Command Program through the AIPM.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service
Stephen Sewell was appointed to Deputy Chief Fire Officer of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service in November 2020.
Mr Sewell's career includes service in the Australian Army and the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service. In these roles, he has contributed to military operations and preparedness, operational firefighting, training and development, fire safety, recruitment and community engagement functions.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service
Joshua Fischer was appointed to Assistant Chief Fire Officer of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service in November 2020.
Previously the Assistant Director, Operations at Bushfires NT, Mr Fischer's career includes employment in firefighting services in both Victoria and the Northern Territory. In these roles, he has contributed directly to leading large-scale fire and emergency related incidents including response to significant wildfires throughout the Territory and performing the role of Incident Controller during periods of Catastrophic Fire Danger throughout the Darwin Rural area in 2020.
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With several years serving as a volunteer in Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria and over 15 years’ in fire and emergency management, Mr Fischer has extensive experience leading the management and coordination of prevention, preparedness and response as well as strategic control and coordination for major emergencies.
Mr Fischer holds a Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management), and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management) and awarded the National Emergency Medal – Vic Fires 2009 and Victorian Country Fire Authority Service Medal.
Director Northern Territory Emergency Service
Fleur O’Connor brings a wealth of experience to the role of Northern Territory Emergency Service (NTES) Director. Commencing with our organisation in January 2010, Ms O’Connor has worked in a variety of senior roles including Senior Strategic Policy Officer to the former Northern Territory Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (NTFRES), Assistant Manager Volunteer Training Unit NTFRES, Assistant Director Secretariat and Protocol, Assistant Director Legislative Reform Unit, Departmental Liaison Officer and Staff Officer to the Commissioner and CEO. She was also a volunteer at the Virginia/Bees Creek Volunteer Fire Brigade and was Captain of the unit for over five years, ensuring operational readiness of the unit and managing its volunteers.
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Ms O’Connor has completed AIIMS Level 2 incident controller qualification and has been part of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in a variety of roles over the years, most recently in response to Tropical Cyclone Trevor. She has been observed as calm during periods of high pressure and able to bring meaningful contributions to EOC debriefs.
Ms O’Connor has actively contributed to the strategic direction of NTES, having developed and implemented business plans which align with NTPFES strategic priorities. She has also led work to reform the Emergency Management Act and has been appointed to the Senior Officers Cohort of Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council (AFAC).