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The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine



The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine


Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services


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24 | The DRUM Magazine | August 2009 Our very own Drug Detector Dogs Scent and Monte have been recognised for their long and dedicated service to the NT Police. The Labradors aged approximately 70 dog years have worked in the service for a combined total of 16 years. The dogs have spent almost half of their time with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, where they were trained, and half their time with NT Police. Between the two they have located a combined total of over 100 kgs of cannabis, 15,000 ecstasy tablets and $300 000 worth of cash. In June the president of the Australian Defence Force Trackers and War Dogs Association, George Hulse, awarded the hounds with a Canine Service Medal, recognising five years of exceptional service in the force. Monte retired several months ago and Scent is to follow in his footsteps, retiring to live with his handler later this year. Service Medal Canine Style Above Left to right Scent and Monte stand proud with their new medals. Left The Canine Service Medal. The Commissioner of Police met up with Superintendent Mark Jeffs in Perth on 16 April 2009 to present him with a plaque in recognition of his service with the Northern Territory Police Force. Superintendent Jeffs officially resigned from the NTPF on20 March 2009 afteralmost 28 years of dedicated service. Superintendent Jeffscommenced his policing career with the NTPF on 29 September 1980. Upon graduation he served in Alice Springs in General Duties, Traffic and as the Coroners Constable before transferring to Nhulunbuy in July 1984. He later transferred to Darwin and was promoted to Sergeant in February 1988 before transferring to Tennant Creek later that year. He returned to Darwin in October 1990 where he served the remainder of his career. Within the Greater Darwin Region he worked in various locations including Darwin, Palmerston and the Rural Region, Corporate Services, Road Safety Division, Foundation Studies and Crime Prevention, including promotion to Senior Sergeant in December 1993. Sincehis promotion to Superintendent in July 2000, Superintendent Jeffs distinguishedhimself through a numberof Northern Territory Police road safety and crime prevention initiatives. Major achievements include performing the pivotal role of Project Director for the SPEAR project and orchestrated the replacement of the NT Police Incident Management System and the Computer Aided Dispatch System. Superintendent Jeffs also designed and developed the Joint Emergency Services Communications Centre to combine Police, Fire and St John Ambulance communicators into the first multi-agency communications centre in Australasia. Whilst leading the Road Safety Division, Superintendent Jeffs developed and implemented the Beat the Heat road safety/anti-hooning initiative andmaintaineda close involvement through the ongoing management and coordination of the programright up untilhis retirement. Inhis role as the Superintendent Foundation Studies, Superintendent Jeffs managed thePFES College team that was responsible for the provision of recruit training, encompassing the substantial increase in recruitment following the OSullivan Assessment. Farewell Mark Jeffs Commissioner Paul White recognised Mark Jeffs 28 years of service to the NT Police.