Santa Teresa is located 85km from Alice Springs by road which takes about an hour to drive. It has a population of about 500.
Santa Teresa Police also cover the nearby community of Titjikala situated approximately 90 km away. Police provide a general response capability to both communities as well as conducting patrols for liquor and traffic offences. As both communities are close to Alice Springs liquor consumption is one of the main problem issues for police.
Santa Teresa is situated on Aboriginal land and the area is a Prescribed Area. It is approximately 11 km from the community to the boundary of the Prescribed Area where most of the alcohol consumption takes place.
Santa Teresa was established as a Catholic Mission in the 1950’s to house Aboriginal people who mostly came from the Alice Springs region. The history of the community can be traced to the 1920’s when a camp was set up in Alice Springs near Anzac Hill by local Arrernte people moving in from the bush. The country surrounding Santa Teresa is rich in rock art, artifacts and ceremonial sites.