Junior Police Rangers

Launched in 1985, the Junior Police Rangers Scheme was an initiative of the Northern Territory Government and Police, Fire and Emergency Services. It was developed as part of a strategy to combat a perceived drop in civic mindedness among our youth.

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The scheme develops the leadership skills of young people by providing activities not generally available at schools. It is designed to boost a range of practical skills (from public speaking to orienteering) and self esteem amongst the participants, enabling them to pass these skills on to their peers.

Junior Police Rangers will often go on to play leading roles in their community.

The program

Recruitment process begins in November every year targeting Year 6 students, each child participates in the program over a 3 year period, commencing in Year 7 and finishing at the conclusion of Year 9.

Applications close October 15.

The first two years of the scheme are teaching phases, and the last (Senior) year is spent by the participants as supervised instructors/mentors of the more junior Rangers.


Subjects and activities

Some of the subjects and activities offered are:

  • Abseiling
  • Camping, hiking and survival bushcraft
  • Canoeing, boat handling and water safety
  • Community service
  • Drill
  • First aid and incident management skills
  • Instructional techniques
  • Lesson preparation and planning
  • Life saving - undertaking the Bronze Medallion
  • Navigation and orienteering
  • Public speaking
  • Radio communication

The Junior Police Ranger scheme supports community service to several charities and organisations.

Selection criteria

The following areas are taken into consideration in selecting Junior Police Rangers:-

  • Commitment
  • Physical fitness (taking into account any disabilities)
  • Sport participation and recreational activities
  • Communication skills
  • General behaviour
  • Academic achievement
  • Recommendations of teachers and the School Based Constable.


Junior Police Rangers are required to wear a uniform which consists of a blue Junior Police Ranger shirt and cap, worn with either a black/Navy skirt or shorts, and white socks and runners.


$650inc GST per year for uniforms, travel, food and activities 

$50inc GST per year for the Goanna Park Project

Attendance/meeting details

There are three types of Junior Police Ranger group meetings.

During the school week, Junior Police Ranger groups meet once a week over a three year period at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College. Meeting times are on a weekday from 4 pm to 6 pm (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the group). Full attendance is required at all sessions.

Rangers are expected to organise their own transport to the meetings.

The program requires attendance at a weekend camp and at least one camp during the school holidays.

The Junior Police Rangers scheme concludes early December each year and recommences February of the following year.

Goanna Park project

The Junior Police Ranger Scheme owns Goanna Park, a youth camping ground administered by the scheme’s Coordinators, Police Commissioner’s representatives and the donor of the land, Mr Terry Baldwin.

It is located on the Arnhem Highway, 80 kilometres east of Darwin. The site comprises 22 hectares, with another five hectares under continuing lease. It has a large lake for water activities and both undercover accommodation, amenities and camping facilities.

The camp is available to schools, disadvantaged groups, sporting bodies and remote area youth groups to use for recreation, training and sporting activities. It is undergoing major redevelopment to enable disabled and other community youth groups to share its resources.

The Park receives support from the Variety Club of the Northern Territory.

For further information contact:

Senior Constable Joe Hart  Josef.hart@pfes.nt.gov.au
Telephone 8922 3282

0499 022 778