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Northern Territory police news

Details:

Title

Northern Territory police news

Other title

NT Police Association magazine

Creator

Northern Territory Police Association

Collection

Northern Territory police news; Northern Territory police news; E-Journals; PublicationNT

Date

2010-10-01

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; The Independent Voice of Police in the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Northern Territory Police Association -- Periodicals; Northern Territory Police Force -- Periodicals; Police -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Northern Territory Police Association

Place of publication

Casuarina

Volume

Oct-10

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Police Association

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/235226

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/648965

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competitive national marketplace, we must offer the best possible wages and conditions of service. While superannuation is a public policy area that is driven to an extent by the Federal government, the NT Government has the capacity to develop a competitive superannuation structure for our members - as some other jurisdictions have. The reality is that the majority of our members are in basic 9 per cent schemes compared to Federal Police Officers and Federal public servants who receive superannuation benefits of up to 15 per cent. These two employers are our biggest threat and the government should act to reach parity. Conference delegates will be aware that the NT Government has failed to implement recommendations from the OSullivan Review in relation to resources and dismissed our call for an independent audit of our resources, in particular, our numbers. It is apparent from my conversations with operational police that we still struggle to meet operational demands. I understand from my discussions with the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner that they are currently considering the issue of available staff and the underlying structure of the Police Force, however, if the OSullivan Review showed us anything it was the benefit of an independent consideration of these issues. While our Association is willing to work with the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner on this issue, the lack of action by the government means we can look forward to the inevitable political slanging match in August 2012. There is a direct link between resource allocation modelling and the continued reliance on second tier policing initiatives street with the community we serve. The Federal Election will also have a direct impact on the Intervention or, as Federal politicians like to describe it, the Northern Territory Emergency Response. Before making some observations in relation to the intervention, I will first turn to other local matters. At the Annual Conference last year I highlighted the results of an internal survey of our members conducted by our Association. Our Executive used the survey, in conjunction with identified strategic directions and core objectives, to identify 8 priority issues for our Association. These were: Housing entitlements Superannuation 2011 Consent Agreement Negotiations Resource Allocation Model & Audit of Police Resources First Response Scheme Transport Safety Officers NT Police Service Medal Restructured Discipline System. The survey also clearly identified a number of managerial challenges for the incoming Commissioner. These included: A serious lack of confidence in senior management A lack of confidence in the Promotional system. I think it will be useful for delegates and the Commissioner if I revisit some of these priority issues 12 months on. Delegates to conference will be aware of the current status of our agreement in relation to housing and the Executive will continue to work toward our stated goal of maintaining the best possible housing benefit for eligible members in the long term. Our preparations for the 2011 Consent Agreement are well underway, however, the NT government must recognise that in order to recruit and retain the best possible men and women in our Police Force in a highly presIDents MessAGe 2010 ConferenCe ADDress Welcome to the 2010 Annual Conference of the Northern Territory Police Association. Commissioner McRoberts and Deputy Commissioner Maines it would be remiss of me not to make you particularly welcome at your first NTPA Conference. Your immediate predecessors had mixed experiences at the eight conferences that they attended time will tell if you have a similar experience. Luckily Commissioner McRoberts has a passion for the great game of rugby I am hopeful Commissioner that our shared passion for this game will, and has, translated into a professional relationship based on tough but fair play with a strong measure of mutual respect. I will avoid any other references today given the current domination of the All Blacks. The 2010 conference marks my tenth year as NTPA President and my ninth address to this Conference. My first was in 2001 and every year we are able to time conference to coincide with interesting political events. The result of the Federal election two Saturdays ago was indeed an interesting event and has, to a certain extent, delivered political uncertainty. I am pleased that prior to the election our Association, through the Police Federation of Australia, obtained important policing commitments from the three major parties on national policing issues. When the political dust settles we will work at a Federal level to ensure that the governing party, or parties, meet their commitments. At a local level it would seem that candidates for the major political parties have become infatuated with CCTV. While CCTV is a useful tool for police everyone sitting in this room knows that the most effective way to deal with crime, particularly at street level, is by professionally trained sworn police working on the vInCe kelly President, NTPA 03Northern Territory Police News October 2010 president's message


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