Working together to protect our future
 
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I am sure most of our expat Kiwis are familiar with the following proverb; He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tngata, he tngata, he tngata. What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Across the Territory our members have continued to work like Trojans. Where has the year gone? it has been a head down, bum up year that when you finally find the time to remove your nose from the grindstone and look up it was gone, and we all missed it.

Capped leave and very long days working 12-hour rosters is certainly hurting our membership. NTPA staff, delegates and executive members are seeing a marked increase for the need for Industrial, Welfare and Disciplinary advice and support to our members. I am certain that this is reflected by the added workload of NTPFES Welfare and Support Services and Professional Standards Command as well as an increase in resignations, on average up to 10 a month, and members on Sick Leave. Although recruiting has been ramped up and with COVID response commitments, I have doubts that it covers current attrition rates.

The Rotary Club motto of Service Above Self has become very relevant to the Executive and the joint vision of a safe and resilient Northern Territory. During normal circumstances, if there is such a thing as normal in policing, I would say that family comes first followed closely by coffee. But with critical staffing and a pandemic raging out of control across the globe these are indeed perilous times that require a higher level of commitment.

It has been over a year since the Yuendumu tragedy, sadly, feelings of abandonment, and betrayal still run deep here in the Alice. Resentment and anger, just like everything else, is fleeting, in the end it does not matter who was right or wrong. I dont know how we can fix this and restore the bonds of trust that we once had. For now, we just have to wait and allow the court process to take its course.

Congratulations to the 27 PFES recipients recognised for their devotion and service to the Northern Territory, at an Honours and Awards ceremony conducted at the Alice Springs Golf Club on the 28th of September. In particular Alice Springs-based Senior Aboriginal Community Police Officer Donald St Clair who was awarded with the Commissioner's Policing Excellence Medal for 23 years of professionalism and commitment to the NT Police and the community. A medal which he can proudly display alongside his Northern Territory Administrators medal awarded in 2003, Awesome work Don.