Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors Sworn In To Tackle Alcohol Fuelled Crime

Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors Sworn In To Tackle Alcohol Fuelled Crime

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Crime As Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors Sworn In

Victor P Taffa

First Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors Squad will be sworn in today signalling the start of their intensive 13-week training in Alice Springs.

Recruits form part of the Northern Territory Government’s historic liquor reforms to address the rates of alcohol fuelled crime and violence on our streets.

“When you limit the abuse of alcohol you cut down crime, I cannot put it any simpler than that.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

 

“That’s why the Northern Territory Government is delivering on the most significant alcohol reforms in our history to tackle the Northern Territory’s number one social issue we have listened and have taken action.”

“We promised Territorians we would take an evidence based approach to tackling alcohol related harm and crime, and our strong response to the Riley Review’s 219 recommendations does that.”

As part of the reforms the Northern Territory Government announced earlier this year that an additional 75 Police auxiliaries will be trained as Liquor Inspectors and capable of delivering full lockdown of bottle shops in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine freeing up Police to return to the frontline.

They form part of a new 97 member strong unit within the Northern Territory Police, and will include 12 Police officers specifically targeting secondary supply, 7 operational staff and 3 prosecutors.

“Roll-out of the liquor inspectors will free up frontline officers back to their core Policing roles including in communities.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“First 20 of the 75 liquor inspectors being trained will begin work from the end of August and will be sworn in today (17 will be sworn in, three are existing auxiliaries).”

“Like our plan to recruit an extra 120 officers, this initiative is all about properly resourcing the Northern Territory Police Force.”

“Our resourcing policy doesn’t just mean more boots on the street, it also means equipping all of our officers properly. And that includes the 75 new liquor inspectors.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

Along with addressing alcohol, the Northern Territory Government has accepted all 227 Royal Commission recommendations as part of its youth justice and child protection reforms.

These reforms aim to get young people back on the right path and away from a cycle of crime.

“Across the whole of Government, for the first time in the Territory’s history we are seeing a comprehensive range of changes to address crime and anti-social behaviour.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“We are also employing more Police and giving them the resources and tools to do their job, bringing back the Banned Drinkers Register, limiting new take away alcohol licenses and reforming youth justice and correction systems. No Northern Territory Government has ever done more.”