Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner
4 More Day Patrol Vehicles Now On The Street In Darwin And Palmerston
Victor P Taffa
Final 2 of the 4 additional Larrakia Nation Day Patrol vehicles hit the streets of Darwin and Palmerston today. The 4 additional vehicles take the total to 5 Day Patrol vehicles.
“This is the most comprehensive suite of measures in Territory history to tackle anti-social behaviour.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.
“We know Territorians are sick of it, and we know it’s been a problem for a long time. But this Government is tackling it head on, with immediate services like the Day Patrol, and longer-term solutions to get people back on track.”
4 additional vehicles are part of the Territory Government’s comprehensive 5-point Anti-Social Behaviour Plan for Darwin and Palmerston which was announced last week.
Staff for the Larrakia Nation Day Patrol will also increase to 10, and operate for more hours and across a bigger area, now including Darwin City, Northern Suburbs and Palmerston. It will now operate extended hours, from 5 am to 4 pm (when the existing Night Patrol starts).
Service helps relocate people to their home community (through the Territory Connect program) or rehabilitation support such as the Sobering Up Shelter. The Territory Government reintroduced a Day Patrol vehicle in 2017.
To support the extended Day Patrol, the Mission Australia-operated Sobering Up Shelter now operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The 24-hour operation commenced on 1 November.
This will ensure people who need help with alcohol addiction can access the support they need at any time.
Since the single vehicle was re-introduced in December 2017, Larrakia Nation 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.
Mr. Robert Cooper, CEO of Larrakia Nation is available today to discuss the impact of the additional 4 vehicles.