31 August 2022

The Northern Territory Police Association (NTPA) are appalled concerns raised by the CLP over police resourcing have been referred to as a “talk fest” following recent public statements by our Chief Minister.
President Paul McCue said “Our recent survey indicated that police are completely fed up with insufficient resourcing to do their job.  Police are saying they have had enough. It is without doubt a major factor to poor morale, fatigue, high attrition and risk to mental health and wellbeing.
When the government dismisses the concerns of our hardworking police officers who work 24/7 dealing with some of the most difficult and distressing issues our community experiences, it’s not good enough. How will you tackle these community concerns without a well-resourced and supported police force?
It has been 10 years since a full external and independent review into policing was undertaken.  In that review, significant boosting to the frontline was recommended, and never adopted.”
Since then, further internal reviews within the police force itself have showed just how understaffed we are, yet no action was taken. 
We acknowledge the government have sought to understand structural issues within police and how this may be affecting response capability, but the survey results are loud and clear.    
An independent review is key to understanding the results behind our recent survey.  It is no talk fest.  It is an opportunity be transparent about the issues raised around resourcing, attrition, and morale, and use it as a catalyst for permanent improvements including retaining our police, which will benefit our community significantly. 


Please direct all media enquiries to NTPA Communications Officer, Kyrrie Blenkinsop or by phone +61 (0) 8 8995 9520 

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