Ongoing “disturbances” in Wadeye will only be resolved if family groups, elders, traditional owners and government agencies come together to discuss and implement solutions to the current feuds plaguing the community, the NT Police have said, adding they had 17 arrest targets under investigation for riotous behaviour.
NT Police Association president Paul McCue has said motions for a vote of confidence in Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker in nine of the 12 union sub branches was really about doing “a survey” of members’ feelings toward the Commissioner “not about necessarily a vote of no confidence”, while claiming there was an equal amount of positive comments he had received from members about Mr Chalker.
Crossbows and bows stolen in one of two ram raids of a Darwin business have been used to shoot at least four people in Wadeye, sources have told the NT Independent, but the thefts and the shootings have not been made public by the NT Police in a continuation of authorities suppressing information about violence in the remote community.
An internal investigation into well-being and mental health in the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services will not be made public, Police Minister Kate Worden told Budget Estimates on Monday, adding she did not know when its recommendations would be implemented.
Chalker shares his ‘heart-breaking’ position with Estimates hearings, blames ‘mistruths’ and ‘disgusting commentary’ for problems
Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker has told Estimates he has a lot of support within the NT Police force despite nine police union branches calling for a vote of no confidence in him, and once again in a confusing and cryptic public performance, said there were “many mistruths”, “misguided beliefs” and “disgusting commentary” about him in the media, that he could not discuss because of unnamed “processes” being undertaken.
Nine of 12 Territory police regions have now voted for the NT Police Association to hold a vote of confidence in Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker, sources have confirmed to the NT Independent.
New HR and well-being staff positions have been advertised by the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services the same day the NT Independent revealed that an unreleased internal review showed that the tri-service had no defined strategy to deal with mental health, following the suicides of five serving or former police officers in four months.
Chief Minister Natasha Fyles is being “undemocratic” by continuing her predecessor Michael Gunner’s ban of the NT Independent, the national journalism union has said.
Details of a teenage boy who spent six hours in surgery for injuries sustained after the motorbike he was on was hit by another motorbike on the Finke Desert racetrack, was not made public by the NT Police, despite the media unit issuing a statement about a similar crash earlier in the day, his family has said.
‘No defined strategy to deal with mental health’: NTPFES well-being review delayed, as two more police officers take their lives
NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services still has no defined strategy for dealing with mental health and well-being, according to an internal report Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker raised at last month’s funeral for an officer who killed themselves, while two other serving and former officers have since taken their lives in recent weeks.
The Education Department has been employing Bachelor of Education students who have not finished their degrees to teach unsupervised in Northern Territory classrooms due to a shortage of qualified teachers, Charles Darwin University has revealed following questions from the NT Independent.
The NT Police executive has told all sworn officers an “erroneous belief” by some members that “knife equals gun in all circumstances” was not part of official police training, in a statement that contradicts the sworn testimony in the Constable Zach Rolfe murder trial by the NT Police College’s former officer in charge of defensive tactics training Senior Sergeant Andrew Barram.