Media release

Queen’s Birthday Honours recipient


Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services congratulate Detective Sergeant Annette Cooper for her inclusion on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Detective Sergeant Cooper has been named as a recipient of the Australian Police Medal (APM) in recognition of more than 38 years’ service to the Northern Territory Police Force.

Commissioner of Police, Jamie Chalker APM extended his congratulations on behalf of the organisation.

“Detective Sergeant Cooper embodies the values we hold to serve and protect our community. She has the respect of everyone she comes into contact with, and treats everyone the way she would expect her own family to be treated.

“Detective Sergeant Cooper is a member we can all be proud of and aspire to be like. She is a most deserving recipient of this award. Congratulations from all of us.”



Detective Sergeant Annette Mary COOPER 

Detective Sergeant Annette Cooper has devoted over 38 years to policing. Joining the Northern Territory Police Force (NTPF) in 1984, she began her policing career in General Duties, transferring to Nhulunbuy in 1989, Tennant Creek in 1992 and later serving in Yulara. After some time spent at Neighbourhood Watch, she moved into a role within Crime Command.

In 2000, she obtained her detective designation and was one of only a few women at the time in the Territory to have completed her Advanced Diploma in Investigation.

Detective Sergeant Cooper has spent the majority of her career as an accomplished Detective serving in Darwin and Palmerston CIB, Major Crime, Fraud Squad, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse Task Force, Serious Crime and the Joint Counter Terrorism Team. With her advanced investigative style and technique she has been instrumental in some of the most high profile, complex and challenging criminal investigations undertaken by the NTPF. These include a high profile murder cases in 2004 and a shopfront bombing in 2010.

With 38 years of policing experience and a world of investigative knowledge and personal insight, Detective Sergeant Cooper passionately mentors and passes her knowledge and skills on to new detectives. She operates without favour, yet displays an inviting and warm demeanour that fosters relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, and her superiors.
Detective Sergeant Cooper is the recipient of many awards for her policing and for her significant contribution to women in the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services.

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