Working together to protect our future

With the start of the new year comes a new decade that needs to be entered with
eyes wide open and (please excuse the pun) 20-20 vision.

There are some significant changes on the horizon. We have a new Commissioner, Jamie Chalker APM, who has a mammoth task, considering the current fiscal environment, of getting the numbers right especially concerning our remote stations.

In January, I was given a guided tour around the new Palmerston Police Station by Senior Sergeant Trevor Owen and Sergeant Mal Marshall, pretty flash to say the least. The Palmerston Watch House, hands down the best Watch House in Australia not only according to me, but also the many visiting dignitaries and interstate police colleagues. Due credit to the main driving force and ideas man behind this awesome purpose-built facility, my old squaddie Trevor Owen, good job mate.

The start of 2020 saw Australia burning with bushfires raging up and down the East Coast. Great work by Melissa Overall for organising a very successful Palmerston Police Station Bush Fire Fundraiser Appeal on the 15 January.


I am sure all members would join me in acknowledging and congratulating our 2020 Australia Day medal recipients. Congratulations to retired Sergeant Garry Casey AM who was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the community through emergency response organisations. Garry is a valued member of the Northern Territory Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

Garry joined the Police Force in 1975 and retired in 2009. He was the Treasurer of the Northern Territory Police Association between 1984 1992, and an Executive Member from 1992 1993. During his time on the force, Garry received a National Police Service Medal and NT Police Commissioners Commendation.

Hes also a current serving committee member of the Retired Police Association.

Congratulations also to Superintendent Antony Deutrom APM who received the Australian Police Medal for his distinguished service to the NT Police Force.

Supt Deutrom joined the force in 1994 and during that time has served at numerous locations across the Territory including Alice Springs, Ti Tree, Yuendumu, Harts Range, Alyangula and Palmerston.

He also served overseas in Phuket, Thailand, and Indonesia where he volunteered to be part of the Disaster Victim Identification Team following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.


Its a pity to see one of the best leave, on Friday 4th of December, after 38 years service, I had the privilege of attending the farewell from the Northern Territory Police Force of Senior Sergeant Don Eaton APM. When a long serving member such as Don leaves a library is lost and volumes of wisdom and knowledge is gone.