Today is Remote Sergeant Michael KENT's last day working in Elliott.
R/Sgt KENT, or Kenty as most people know him, has been Officer in Charge of Elliott Police Station for a little over 2 years, and has done a lot of good work in the community in that time.
Kenty has earned a lot of respect from the people of Elliott, and is known to most as "Maluka" (pronounced 'mulligah'), a Warumungu word for respected old man (the 'old man' part much to Kenty's dismay).
In Kenty's time in Elliott, the small highway town has become known for its police presence and constant traffic enforcement amongst Territorians and grey nomads alike, and as much as those who are caught in the wrong may whinge, the town has seen a lot of tragedy on its roads and the Elliott locals are always supportive and thankful to police for slowing everyone down and keeping the town safe.
Kenty often goes beyond the call of duty to help out members of the community and those passing through. He received several nominations for Police Officer of the Year in 2012 from government departments, local business owners, cattle station managers and members of the public, and although he may have missed out this time, everyone in the Barkly District knows just how hard he works and his efforts are appreciated.
Kenty has worked at several stations in the Barkly District in his time and we are sad to see him go.
Kenty was farewelled at an assembly at the Elliott School this morning. The teachers and students said goodbye and wished him all the best in the big smoke. Kenty was then presented with a painting from local woman and teaching assistant, Jeanette BILL, before finishing the festivities with the children singing their song "Elliott-town" for him.
Kenty is transferring to Darwin and starts work as a supervisor in the Joint Emergency Services Communication Centre as of next week.