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NT officers promoted


LONG-TERM Territory police officers Bruce Porter and Travis Wurst have been recognised for their commitment and experience, being promoted to assistant commission­ers for the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES).

Mr Porter was appointed to Assistant Commission­er People and Cultural Reform and Mr Wurst to Assistant Commission­er Greater Darwin, Road Safety and Support.

Mr Wurst said the change in role was a privilege.

“I look forward to working with my team and the community,” Mr Wurst said.

“To be here at this point in time and knowing what role and responsibi­lity I have for the Territory and for the community is a privilege.”

Mr Wurst’s career with NT Police spans 26 years, beginning in 1995 and serving in a number of remote stations within the Territory.

Mr Wurst is currently in the role of Covid-19 NT Response Co-ordinator.

Mr Porter said becoming Assistant Commission­er was a proud moment in his career.

“The Northern Territory is my home and the NT Police Force is my family,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the ongoing team in actually driving that and looking after our community as a whole.

“The NT faces very unique challenges to the rest of Australia but it’s those challenges that we find so rewarding.”

During Mr Porter’s 32-year career, he served in the Territory Response Group at the Alice Springs Police Station, Tennant Creek and Barkly Region.

He also served as the Territory Duty Superinten­dent, Profession­al Standards Command and at the NT Police College.

Police officers Hege Burns and Sachin Sharma were also appointed to commander roles.

Ms Burns is now Commander, Incident Controller at the Territory Emergency Operations Centre.

She has extensive experience, which includes frontline policing in urban and remote locations, intelligen­ce and emergency management.

Mr Sharma was promoted to Commander, Incident Controller at the Territory Emergency Operations Centre.

His prior experience includes emergency management, frontline operations and criminal investigat­ions.

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