Day Patrols Increased For Larrakia

Day Patrols Increased For Larrakia

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

4 More Larrakia Day Patrols

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government has this week announced the most comprehensive plan in Territory history to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Darwin and Palmerston.

“Territorians have rightly had a gutful of anti-social behaviour and alcohol fuelled crime.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

“Our 5-Point Plan tackles anti-social behaviour in the short-term and long term, so we can get people off the street and back on the right track.”

$8.9 Million 5-point plan is designed to make communities, homes and businesses safer by getting people off the street and onto a better path.

A fundamental part of the plan is a major increase in the number of Larrakia Nation Day Patrols from 1-5 vehicles.

There will now be 10 staff and the Day Patrol will increase from its current hours with 1 vehicle (5 am–10 am) to 5 am–4 pm (when the existing Night Patrol starts).

“Since the re-introduction of the Day Patrol, we’ve engaged with around 18 people per day operating one 5-hour patrol, to get them back on track and onto a better path.” Larrakia Nation CEO Robert Cooper said.

“With an additional 4 patrols delivering services for longer hours every day, we can do even more.”

More vehicles mean the service will now be able to cover Darwin city, into the Northern Suburbs and Palmerston.

This essential service helps relocate people to their home community (through the Territory Connect program) or to rehabilitation support such as the Sobering Up Shelter.

2 of the new Day Patrol vehicles will commence next week, and 2 further vehicles will be on the road the week following.

Northern Territory Government reintroduced a Day Patrol vehicle in December 2017 after the former Country Liberal Party Government cut it.

Since then, the single vehicle has had 5,413 engagements with people at an average of 17-18 engagements per day.

Day Patrol has so far:

  • Responded to over 540 calls from the public
  • Transported over 1,300 people to safe locations
  • Linked 203 people will Territory Connect (Return to Country)
  • Connected 374 people with social and health services

As well as the 4 additional Larrakia Nation Day Patrols, the comprehensive ASB plan includes both short and long-term measures to tackle the issue including:

Easier Reporting for Residents and Businesses

Easier Reporting for Residents and Businesses, with an extensive information campaign and work underway to develop a mobile app and SMS reporting tools (early 2019).

Visible Policing and Safer Public Spaces

Visible Policing and Safer Public Spaces, including foot patrols, segways, mobile caravans, marked vans and dog patrols. Police are also developing a strategy with industry, service providers and NGO’s that will include more CCTV and better lighting.

Sobering Up Shelter extending to 24-hours from 1 November

Sobering Up Shelter extending to 24-hours from 1 November, to support the extended Day Patrol and ensure people who need help with alcohol addiction can access the support they need at any time.

More programs to get more people get back on track, to break the cycle of anti-social behaviour

More programs to get more people get back on track, to break the cycle of anti-social behaviour, including innovative service hubs in Darwin city, Northern Suburbs and Palmerston, and more short-term accommodation to give people pathways out of sleeping rough.

Larrakia Day Patrol Background On Services

On a typical day, the Day Patrol is likely to:

  • Attend the Darwin watch house, to provide transport and services to aboriginal people being released, by:
  • Transporting people to a safe location,
  • Assisting people with referrals to HEAL program,
  • Assisting people to access the Territory Connect (Return to Country) program
  • Attend the Sobering Up Shelter (SUS) in Berrimah to provide transport and services to Aboriginal people, once they have spoken to Centrelink, which offers a mobile office at the SUS each day. This is to help people access the Territory Connect (Return to Country) program.
  • Take calls from Police and Territory Housing to attend public places or public housing locations and transport Aboriginal people to a safe location
  • Take calls from shopping centres to attend. At the shopping centres the Day Patrol will: Assess the person to check for injuries, transport to a fixed address (if available) and check with the occupants that the person can stay there, or link the person to HEAL or Return to Country Services.
  • Territory Connect (Return to Country) program is continuing to help people return to their communities. Since December 2017 over 2,600 people have returned to their communities, in places such as Maningrida, Groote Eylandt and Port Keats, and many other places in the Northern Territory.

 

Abbreviations:

NGO               Non-Governmental Organisations