Darwin Metropolitan Commander's message

A/Commander Warren Jackson has responsibility for the Darwin Metropolitan Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston and Rural, and Northern Operations Divisions.

Darwin and the Northern Suburbs has experienced a reduction in overall offences against the person with a 4% decrease when compared with the previous year. A 16% reduction is also seen in motor vehicle theft and related offences.

Palmerston has experienced a reduction in motor vehicle theft and related offences with an 11% decrease when compared to the previous year.

In June-July, both Palmerston and Darwin experienced the lowest levels of break-ins throughout the year. Police would like to thank the public for their continued assistance is securing their property and providing vital information to help identify the perpetrators of these crimes.

We are now well into the dry season, its magnificent weather and local events. During the dry season you will see us out and about keeping people safe at concerts, markets and festivals. Over the last month Darwin police enjoyed the chance to engage with the community at the Mindil Beach Markets, Darwin Festival and the Darwin Turf Club 2017 dry season carnival. Darwin Police will continue to attend community and major events and in doing so will maintain a proactive focus on responsible drinking in and around licensed premises and road safety enforcement in an effort to reduce the incidences of violence, anti-social behaviour and harm that is attributed to excessive and irresponsible alcohol consumption. Too often,
police see the results of unsafe drinking practices and the effects that alcohol misuse has on the community. We want people to enjoy themselves and we will be targeting those that seek to spoil these events for others due to their poor behaviour and decisions.

As we start to work towards the end of our dry season the sticky conditions serve to remind us that the build-up and associated wet weather events are around the corner. Darwin Police are increasing their focus on fine tuning and exercising our emergency management arrangements and severe weather event plans. Although it is still a few months away, this time of the year should also serve as a reminder for our community to prioritise preparations for the 1 November 2017 commencement of the cyclone season, which will be here before we know it. Planning before the cyclone season can help save lives, minimise property damage and help our community to cope during a cyclone. Information on how to prepare for a cyclone can be located on the Northern Territory Emergency Service internet page.

Investigators in Strike Force Trident continue to drive down property crime by targeting and enforcement against repeat offenders, with offences decreasing in June and into July.
We want to continue to reduce property crime and we urge all community members to apply the philosophy of the ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign which is a community safety initiative to reduce the likelihood of opportunistic crime and reduce the incidence of persons becoming victims of crime.

The Metropolitan Social Order and Engagement Unit (MSOEU) continues to operate from the Nightcliff Police Station, using it as a patrol base for their operations across the
Northern Suburbs and Darwin. The MSOEU are targeting alcohol fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour delivering some great results as they patrol public spaces on foot, bicycle, motorcycle and vehicle. The MSOEU relies on information and support from the local community. You are encouraged to report antisocial behaviour issues using the
Police Assistance Line 131 444 or contacting MSOEU staff directly at: MetropolitanSocialOrder&.EngagementUnit@pfes.nt.gov.au

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