Northern Commander's message

A/Commander Warren Jackson has responsibility for the Northern Command, which includes a large part of Arnhem Land, Groote Eylandt, the Tiwi Islands, Wadeye as well as Road Policing and Firearms.

While no violence in tolerable, it is good to see that violent crimes in the Nhulunbuy Region continue to come down and are now 13% lower than for the same time last year. The ongoing commitment of the community in collaboration with police and other agencies appears to be paying off.

Property crime, especially damage to property, rose significantly in the January period. School holidays often contribute to increased property crime and the season just gone was unfortunately similar to most. Children need close supervision and activities to occupy them otherwise, as is often the case, boredom drives a desire for adventure that can lead to no good. A number of government and non-government organisations including NT Police conduct programs in holiday periods that are inclusive and fun for all so we encourage people to join in as a community. Most communities have open access Facebook pages for further details. Information can be collected though police front counters.

We as a community should be taking an active part in ‘driving’ home the message to one day be free from fatalities on our roads. In the last quarter there were far too many accidents that resulted in tragedies and there has now been a greater number of deaths on our roads as compared to last year at this point. Each of these incidents has a devastating effect on family, friends, Emergency Services and the community. Please make it your goal to get home safely.  

The wet season is still upon us and we have just had our first potential cyclone almost form so now is not the time for complacency. Continue to be vigilant and have a plan for severe events that could eventuate without much notice. For information visit