Northern Territory

Tangentyere Day Patrol returns to combat anti-social behaviour

The Territory Government announced a Day Patrol service will re-commence in Alice Springs – as part of a suite of measures to target anti-social behaviour over the summer period.

Tangentyere will run the Day Patrol service from this Monday, December 18 2017 to Friday, February 2, 2018, operating from 9am to 5:30pm, after which the Night Patrol will then take over from 6pm. The service will link with other key providers for assistance to people sleeping rough.

The Day Patrol will work in conjunction with an eight week $250,000 ‘Summer in Alice’ action plan which will see NT Police, Territory Families, Local Government and Housing, the NGO and private sector work together to reduce youth anti-social and criminal behaviour.

It follows the re-commencement of a Day Patrol in Darwin in November 2017, and the introduction of the Banned Drinker Register – across the NT in September 2017. The NT Government has also put in additional resources to youth funding.

Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison, Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield and Member for Namatjira Chansey Paech made the announcement with Tangentyere Council CEO Walter Shaw.

Ms Wakefield said that keeping our community safe is at the top of the Territory Government’s priorities.

“We have listened to the concerns of the people in Alice Springs and we are taking action to address these concerns with the most comprehensive action plan to target anti-social behaviour over the summer period,” Ms Wakefield said.

“The Tangentyere Day Patrol will increase community safety, help intoxicated adults get the help that they need at a sobering up place, work to reduce their interaction with the criminal justice system, and strengthen family and community relationships.”

Ms Manison said along with the school holiday Summer Action Plan, the return of the day patrol over the summer period was part of a co-ordinated and pre-emptive campaign to target people at risk before they engage in bad behaviour during the summer holiday period.

“Addressing anti-social behaviour is one of the reasons we brought back the BDR to block the sale of alcohol to problem drinkers,” Ms Manison said.

“The summer campaign and the Day Patrol will run alongside dedicated police operation Shulton during the holiday period. This will include policing presence in hot spot areas and continued operations of Strike Force Winx to investigative and disrupt youth crime.”

Member for Namatjira Chansey Paech said that the work of the Tangentyere Day Patrol extends beyond patrolling.

“People who need help will be given access to a range of community services, such as Tangentyere’s Return to Country program. It is a short term measure that will deliver long term benefits for the community.” Mr Paech said.

Licenced premises, retail sales outlets, and the shopping precincts of Alice Plaza and Yeperenye Shopping centre will be included in the patrols. Tangentyere will also have the capacity to extend to town camps and other Alice Springs locations on demand.

Source: NT Government