Central Commander's message

Commander Michael Hebb has responsibility for the Central Command, which includes the Katherine, Central, Tennant Creek and Barkly Divisions

In the northern parts of the Central Command, the dry season has been in full swing before it gives way to the arrival of ‘build up’ conditions. The current climate is a timely reminder that we need to prepare for unexpected grass and bushfires associated with the drier weather. It’s also a good time to prepare for the upcoming wet season, including the possibility of significant weather events associated with that time of year.  

When comparing the year ending July 2018 with the year ending July 2017, the Katherine Division has experienced a 14% reduction with regards to house break-ins. Additionally the number of motor vehicle thefts and related offences are down 20% when compared to July 2017. Whilst the reduction with these property offences is pleasing, these types of crime are often committed by opportunistic offenders. Residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to make sure that their property is well secured, with crime prevention tips and techniques found on the Neighbourhood Watch NT web page.

Targeting alcohol-related harm within the Central Command has seen a number of successful interventions by police to thwart the secondary supply of alcohol. Police will continue targeting the supply of alcohol into restricted areas in an effort to reduce alcohol-related harm.    

Assault offences in Tennant Creek are down 6% when comparing the year ending July 2018 with year ending July 2017. Total offences against the person are down by 10% in the town for the same period. Tennant Creek police continue to work with the community to share information and resources to target emerging issues in the region.

Police within the Central Command will continue to work closely with NT Government and non-government stakeholders to forge and strengthen partnerships to reduce crime and maintain a safer Northern Territory. By focusing on a collaborative approach with key stakeholders, NT Police will continue to strive to build a safe community through developing resilience within our communities, identifying and implementing preventative measures as well as having a strong commitment to working as a unified team.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue to report all crimes and suspicious behaviour via 000 if the matter is urgent or to 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous. The reporting of all crime, suspicious and antisocial behaviour allows officers to address the offending promptly. It also helps NT Police make sure our intelligence teams are able to direct police patrols to identified crime and antisocial hotspots across the Central Command.