Gunner Govt To Put Victims Of Crime First

Gunner Govt To Put Victims Of Crime First

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles

Putting Victims First

Victor P Taffa

Victims of crime will be put first with the Gunner Territory Government planning to pass two key pieces of legislation to tackle youth crime and domestic violence this week.

Leader of Government Business Natasha Fyles expects legislation will be passed on urgency to expand the use of electronic monitoring bracelets for when Police release people on bail in the Northern Territory.

“Territorians have the right to feel safe at home and at work and we share the community’s frustration and anger about the spike in crime earlier this year.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“Expanding the use of electronic monitoring bracelets is an important resource that the Northern Territory Police have been calling for we have listened and taken decisive action.”

“We know too many offenders commit crimes while on bail. The expansion of electronic monitoring to Police bail will encourage compliance with bail requirements, particularly curfews, to stop people re-offending.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“Supporting the enforcement of bail conditions and expanding electronic monitoring powers for Police bail will help break the cycle of crime.”

Attorney-General Fyles said Police will receive alerts directly from the monitoring company if:

  • The strap is tampered with,
  • The strap is absent from a designated zone at the start of a curfew,
  • The strap leaves a designated zone during a curfew,
  • If the strap enters an exclusion zone.

“One of the main reasons police want this expanded use of electronic monitoring bracelets is because data can be actioned by them and used in court proceedings if necessary.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“This further reform comes on top of the historic $18.2 Million overhaul of the broken youth justice system announced last month.”

“Electronic monitoring particularly if used in conjunction with other support measures, including youth diversion workers and supported accommodation may offer the opportunity to be a ‘circuit breaker’ in the cycle of re-offending which stops crime before it happens.”

Attorney-General Fyles said Government is also expecting to pass the Body-worn Video and Domestic Violence Evidence Bill which was introduced into Parliament in November 2016 to make it easier for Police footage to be used in court to protect families and children.