27 March 2020 

The Northern Territory Police Association (NTPA) has welcomed today’s announcement that police officers who are suspected of being exposed to COVID-19 will be given priority testing.

NTPA President, Paul McCue, thanked the Police Minister and the Attorney-General and says he is pleased they have listened to the Association’s concerns and acted swiftly to ensure the protection of Territory police.

The NTPA is also pleased to see the measure extended to other frontline workers including health professionals, paramedics, and teachers.
“This is a significant measure which provides assurances to our members who are on the frontline enforcing strict social distancing and self-isolation restrictions, as well as going about everyday policing duties. 

“This announcement brings the Northern Territory in line with Western Australia, and we support calls from the Police Federation of Australia (PFA) which is currently lobbying the Federal Government to expand priority COVID-19 testing to police officers in all jurisdictions.

“The other immediate focus for the NTPA is ensuring sufficient supply and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our members, right across the Territory, and there are still questions around whether those supplies are adequate,” said Mr McCue.


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