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Coroner's Act In the matter of Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Kunmanara Forbes pursuant to section 46B dated 2 December 2009



Coroner's Act In the matter of Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Kunmanara Forbes pursuant to section 46B dated 2 December 2009

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ATTACHMENT B ** vft i 01 ?ras r k COMMISSIONERS OFFICE : Your Ref HQ2009/0009 : Our Ref The Hon Delia Lawrie MLA Minister for Justice and Attorney-General GPO Box 3146 DARWIN NT 0801 Dear Minister Lawrie This report is made in accordance with the requirement of Section 46B of the Coroners Act and in response to recommendations made by the Coroner as a result of a Coronial Inquest into the death of Veronica Forbes. The Coroner made the following recommendations which I have responded to in turn: / recommend that the Police Commissioner ensure that the Coronial Investigation Unit in Alice Springs is appropriately staffed and resourced in order that the members of that Unit are able to, and do, exercise investigative, oversight and liaison functions in relation to deaths reported to the Coroner in the Southern Command in a similar way to the operation of the Coronial Investigation Unit in Darwin. 0) I concur with the Coroner that adequate staffing levels within the Coronial investigation Unit (CIU) in Alice Springs must be maintained in order for the Unit to be able to fulfil all its required functions. The Commander, Alice Springs and Southern Region undertook a review of staffing levels and will ensure that the CIU is adequately staffed in future. (ii) i recommend that the Police Commissioner put specific strategies in place to ensure that reportable deaths are investigated by police officers in the Northern Territory in a timely way, with the expectation being that a coronial investigation file of satisfactory quality will be submitted to the coroner within 6 months from the date of death. All investigations into reportable deaths undertaken by Northern Territory Police on behalf of the Coroner are now oversighted by the Divisional Officer of the Investigation section tasked with the investigation. This oversight will address previous quality control issues and ensure the timely submission of coronial files to the Coroners Office. Yours sincerely $ Paul White Commissioner of Police ^ September 2009 Northern Territory Government NAB House 71 Smith Street Darwin Northern Territory Australia 0800 PO Box 39764 Winnellie Northern Territory Australia 0821 Telephone 61-8-8901 0212 Facsimile 61-8-8901 0216

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