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Welcome all to 2020 and the start of a new decade.

For those who got away on leave over the Christmas and New Year period, I hope you are refreshed and ready for another big year. For those who didnt get away, I do hope you have leave planned and are mindful of your mental and physical well-being.

2020 also marks 150 years of continued policing in the Northern Territory. Towards the middle of the year there will be a number of events held to celebrate this important milestone. The NT Police Museum and Historical Society is launching a book to celebrate the last 150 years, which will list every member that has served during this time. Please visit www.ntpa.com.au or our Facebook page for information on how you can order a copy.

Some of the most pressing issues on my agenda include: the Rank Qualification Pathway, the 14B transfer, and lack of remote staff. The NTPA is keeping up the pressure on the NT Police Executive to progress ideas into solutions with the aim of attempting to achieve both short term relief and long-term sustainable programs.

A number of new delegates, across all NTPA regions, were finalised in October and a refreshed delegate training package will be rolled out in the next few months. Thank you to those who have volunteered their time to benefit the membership. If youre interested in becoming a delegate in future, dont hesitate to give me a call and I can give you a run down on what is expected.

POLICE ASSAULTS

I am regularly approached by members who have been assaulted on the job. I encourage all members who are assaulted at work, no matter how minor, to report it. Its vital that we have accurate information to reflect the true number of assaults on police, which enables our office to lobby the government on behalf of members. This also goes for our internal reporting. I have had multiple discussions with the Health and Recovery team and the Work Health and Safety team and again implore you all to report all incidents, so please fill in the required AIIHR form (yes, the Accident, Injury, Incident, Hazard report form). These discussions have led us to the obvious: this area is massively under reported by

our membership. We all should understand that a buildup of even minor instances can lead to long-term psychological damage, for this reason alone I encourage members to report.

As the wet season is upon us travel to a number of remote locations is a little harder to achieve, but let me assure you as the roads open and weather permits, I will be back out to visit our remote stations. As always if you have any questions please feel free to give me a call on 0428 881 652 or shoot me an email steven.langdon@ntpa.com.au.