NT youth crime cops at bottlos
TRAFFIC cops and officers assigned to a specialised unit to battle youth crime are filling shifts in front of Alice Springs bottleshops.
Police rosters obtained by the NT News revealed the officers are being positioned to fill the point of sale intervention requirements when general duties officers are not available.
The revelations come as NT Police released the latest crime statistics which show car thefts had increased eight per cent and property damage by 13 per cent compared to the same period last year.
However, house break-ins dropped nine per cent and assaults by 13 per cent.
NT Police Association president Paul McCue said it was bewildering officers had been pulled from specialised units to be “security guards”, following a public campaign on road safety.
“This latest knee jerk reaction to allocate integral policing units like traffic and youth engagement to Point of Sale Interventions illustrates once and for all that being security guards at takeaway bottle shops in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine has become the absolute priority for the Territory government and the Commissioner of Police,” he said.
Acting Southern Commander Michael White said domestic violence offences had dropped 14 per cent.
“While the number of reported incidents remains high, and presence of alcohol remains, we are still seeing much lower levels of violence in many of these cases when compared to previous years,” he said.
In Darwin commercial break-ins continued to rise with a staggering 116 per cent increase.
Darwin Metropolitan Commander said Darwin and the Northern Suburbs experienced a 17 per cent increase in property crime over the past year.
“(This was) driven largely by an increase in break-ins to commercial and residential premises,” he said.