Darwin Metropolitan Commander's message

Commander James O’Brien SC has responsibility for the Darwin Metropolitan Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston and Rural, and Northern Operations Divisions.

Following a few months of higher levels of property offending across the Darwin Metropolitan Command, it is good to see that the efforts of frontline Police, supported by Strike Force Trident and the community, has seen a solid decline in property crime across the Command. It highlights the need to ensure properties are secured at all times and the act of locking doors and keeping valuables out of sight is often enough to deter would-be offenders.

Officers from the Community and Youth Engagement Team have been heavily involved in a number of activities throughout Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston, including ‘coffee with a cop’ at key locations; the ‘wishing tree’ Christmas event; the HMAS Darwin open day at Fort Hill Wharf; the Berry Springs Mango Festival; and ‘Smile a Mile’ activities at Humpty Doo.  Additionally, community engagement officers have undertaken a number of Crime Prevention

Through Environmental Design (CPTED) audits in Batchelor to assist the newly formed ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ committee.

With the school holidays and the cyclone season almost upon us, the Engagement officers have been visiting local residences and businesses providing crime prevention advice and reminding people to update their cyclone emergency kits. Police will be focussing on a number of activities over the school holidays reinforcing home safety messages and engaging with youth. NT Police are always keen to support community-based initiatives so anyone wanting to arrange an event are encouraged to make contact by emailing CommunityandYouthEngagement.PFES@pfes.nt.gov.au.

As we move towards the end of the school year and commence the festive season it is important to pause and think about our own safety, that of our families, and the wider community. There has been a small rise in the number of assaults across the Command and significantly 55% of assaults are contributed to in some way by alcohol. Members of the community should feel free to enjoy end of year celebrations without having their lives affected by those who engage in violent conduct.

With the wet season commencing we can expect to be driving in more difficult conditions.  Now is the time to have your tyres and windscreen wipers checked and replaced as necessary. Police will be conducting a number of high profile traffic enforcement campaigns over the coming months and drivers are reminded of the fatal five:

  • Speeding;
  • Drink and Drug driving;
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt;
  • Driving while fatigued; and
  • Distraction and Inattention

If you have any information that you wish to share about an issue you think NT Police need to be aware of, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous when reporting to Crime Stoppers).