Squad 55 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors Graduate From Training Program

Squad 55 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors Graduate From Training Program

Northern Territory Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services Nicole Manison

First Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors Graduate

Victor P Taffa

First squad of Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors will today graduate from their 13-week training program.

“These inspectors are an important part of the Territory Governments historic liquor reforms to address the rates of alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour on our streets. Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services Nicole Manison said.

“From these new auxiliary liquor inspectors monitoring our bottle shops, more Police officer on the beat with stronger powers and better resources, to strengthening our liquor legislation we are putting everything in to tackling alcohol dysfunction, to create generational change for the Northern Territory.”

Squad 55, comprising of 18 inspectors will commence active duties tomorrow in Alice Springs.

They are the first cohort of 97-member strong unit within NT Police (75 liquor inspectors, 12 Police officers specifically targeting secondary supply, 7 operational staff and 3 prosecutors).

Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors will deliver a stronger Police presence at bottle shops in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine.

They have the power to:

  • Intervene and stop sales at take away liquor outlets
  • Question anyone purchasing or planning to buy alcohol to clarify their ID, address and whether they or anyone they plan to supply alcohol to is prohibited from drinking alcohol
  • Seize and destroy alcohol where necessary
  • Prevent people from entering or remaining on a licensed premises and to order a licensee not to sell to a person for the day
  • To carry the same accoutrements as Police officers, and have the ability to arrest and detain offenders.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in our community and children deserve the right to grow up in a stable and functioning household.” Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said.

“For decades Alice Springs has suffered through the devastating impacts of alcohol. It has to stop. Territorians have had a gutful of the crime and anti-social behaviour on our streets.”

This will return Police officers back to the front line and back to their core duties.

Recruitment for Squad 56 is underway, with training commencing in September.