Labor fails Territory police

26 April 2019

The Gunner Labor Government has completely failed in its responsibility to keep Territorians safe.

At a time when crime is at crisis levels, Police are being asked to do more with less and deal with frontline cuts that will only make matters worse.

Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said that police numbers are in danger of going backwards if recruiting is not implemented immediately.

"In the March squad, there are only 17 recruits. That’s not even enough to cover natural attrition, let alone enough to cover a demand driven agency. We lose between five and seven police a month," Mrs Finocchiaro said.

At the same time, Mrs Finocchiaro said the lack of police resources has led to speculation that the new Palmerston Police station will not have an operational 24/7 watch house.

"The purpose of investing $30m into a new police station was to save police time and money transporting offenders to the Darwin watch house. If the rumours are true - then the Government has failed to provide that much needed efficiency," she said.

"To add insult to injury, the cancellation of the Senior Constable and Sergeant’s exam has meant that as many as 200 Constables have wasted their time, money and recreational leave studying for an exam that will not take place.

"There was no consultation with the Police Association over the cancellation of the Sergeant’s exam, much less with police themselves. How can we be surprised that police are leaving the Territory when, without consultation, the only avenue for promotion has been cancelled without a word?

"With break-ins and crime in general at crisis levels, and a Labor Government that has failed to ensure that offenders face a consequence for their actions, police are our best and only line of defence. Yet the Gunner Labor Government has shown that it cares more about offenders than supporting police and keeping Territorians safe.

"When will this Gunner Labor Government wake up to itself and show some leadership for Territorians?"