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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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The DRUM Magazine | August 2009 | 3 A high quality agenda provided a valuable opportunity to meet and collaboratively discuss a wide range of policing issues. The theme Leading and Managing Change with a sub-theme of Serious and Organised Crime was supported by an excellent field of international and local speakers. Improving how jurisdictions work with one another is the primary objective of all Police Commissioners Conferences (PCC) as there is no single answer to the complex challenges Police face. Of particular interest were key note presentations by Sir Hugh Orde OBE, Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who spoke about the Northern Ireland Police Service; Dr Timothy Turner, Supervisory Special Agent (retired), Leadership Development Institute of the FBI Academy, Quantico, USA, who discussed the need for emotional intelligence in law enforcement; and Mr Solomon Trujillo, ex-Chief Executive Officer of Telstra Corporation Limited. The PCC provided delegates with the opportunity to examine different regions and jurisdictions and discuss with their counterparts important strategic policing issues. The conference was also an excellent opportunity to obtain a better understanding of the differing conditions, environments and issues that face Police services. Delegates were given a real taste of the Territory at the official conference dinner, hosted by the Chief Minister Paul Henderson. Dinner was held at Crocodylus Park and yes, crocodile was on the menu. Guests were given the opportunity to handle some of the park animals and during a short park safari were invited to feed the crocodiles. In one pen is an enormous blind crocodile. Upon hearing footsteps on the boardwalk of the pens his head was already raised out of the water and he was listening intently. A young Melbourne lass, also feeling a tad nervous, had an insect crawl on her leg and immediately stamped her foot several times to shake it off. Old man croc thought it was the dinner bell and roared out of the water slamming into the side of his pen with enough force to reverberate the entire board walk. The Territory contingent tried desperately not to fall over laughing, the Melbourne lass was in hysterics and the rest of the party stood unmoving for a moment trying to figure out what exactly had happened. His Honour Mr Tom Pauling, Administrator of the Northern Territory, hosted a reception for conference delegates during which he gave an entertaining and thought-provoking speech based on the conference theme of Leading and Managing Change in Policing. His speech revolved around looking back at our history to track change and also see what issues remained consistent. Two stand-out issues were Territory Police staff, when established in 1870s, consisted of an Inspector, a Corporal and 5 Constables with horses; The first entry into the citys death register recorded the passing of William Read who died from drowning dragged overboard from a boat by an alligator and the first police fatality (1872) when Mounted Constable Davis had a dip in the sea and was taken by a crocodile; only a few weeks ago we witnessed police and emergency services searching rural lagoons, and then the Daly River for recent victims of croc attacks. Overall the general consensus from both National and International delegates was that the PCC provided a most valuable forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies, and for discussion on future directions and challenges in Policing, and, most importantly, that Territorians were extremely warm and welcoming and the Territory itself, is simply the most beautiful place on earth! Top photo front row Bilawarra Lee, Sergeant Rosanna Breed, ACPO Lisa Burkenhagen, Auxiliary Pauline WIlliams. Back row ACPO Michael Cussens and Auxiliary Ken Williams Middle Deputy Commissioner Kathy Rynders and Sue Wilkinson meet some of the local wildlife. Above ACPO Michael Cussens performs on his didgeridoo. Right The resident crocodiles put on a great show for our interstate and international guests.

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