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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 | 5 Auxiliaries Awarded for Action Two Territory Auxiliaries have been awarded the Commissioners Letter of Recognition for their part in saving a mans life after he threatened suicide. While most Territorians were enjoying their dessert or getting ready for bed on the night of 25th of February this year, Auxiliary Tara Tarca and Senior Auxiliary Debra Carter were doing their job and a very good one at that. Answering a call from a male threatening suicide and self harm, Auxiliary Tarca not only maintained a calm disposition, but she also found out who the mysterious caller was. She recollected a similar call taken months previously. She managed to locate the particulars of that incident and was able to identify the caller, who was then subsequently tracked down by Police. Due to the type of comments he was making and unusual nature of the threats, I recalled a similar case months earlier and was able to track him down that way, which Im very pleased about, she said. After 50 minutes of conversation with Auxiliary Tarca, Senior Auxiliary Debra Carter took over negotiations. Her negotiation skills were of such a high standard that the trained negotiators allowed her to continue in their presence, rather than take over. When asked how she felt about that she simply said, I am very glad to have been able to help. I have the gift of the gab and in this circumstance it paid off, she said. Tara and Deb were awarded with a Commissioners Letter of Recognition, presented by Deputy Commissioner Bruce Wernham at the Auxiliary Squad 34 Graduation, for their dedication to duty far exceeding what might reasonably be expected. Deputy Commissioner Bruce Wernham commended both Tara and Debra on their professionalism and dedication to duty. You have both demonstrated leadership and negotiation skills beyond what is required and your efforts reflect well on the reputation of the Joint Emergency Services Communication Centre and the Northern Territory Police Force, he said. Senior Auxiliary Debra Carter and Auxiliary Tara Tarca with their Commissioners Letters of Recognition A Policewoman of more than 30-years standing has been awarded the Australian PoliceMedal (APM) in the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours List. Commander Anne-Marie Murphy was nominated for the medal in recognition of her distinguished and dedicated police service, in particular for her work in the area of welfare and police legacy. Northern Territory Police Commissioner Paul White said the award recognised Commander Murphys long and distinguished career and her exceptional contribution to policing in the Northern Territory. She has made an outstanding contribution to the Northern Territory Police over her long career and has driven a great deal of positive change in many areas and I congratulate her for this award, Commissioner White said. Commander Murphy joined the Northern Territory Police in October 1978 and has held a range of positions within the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Unit, Communications Section, Traffic Section, General Duties policing, Legal Services and Crime and Services Command. In 1999, Commander Murphy became the first woman appointed as the Officer-in-Charge of the Northern Crime Division (now Major Crime). During her time in that role from 1999 to 2002 she managed the 65 members of the CIB, leading numerous major crime investigations. In 1992 she became the first woman in Australia to be elected as president of a police union when she became President of the Northern Territory Police Association. She served on the executive for 12 years and became a Life member in 1994. She held the position of inaugural NTPFES Welfare Coordinator for three years from 1995 and travelled extensively in the Northern Territory as part of this role. On being advised of her award Commander Murphy said she was honoured to receive suchrecognition for her work and that she had always felt privileged to be a part of the NT Police Force. This awardis the highest recognition in Policing in Australia so I feel particularly honoured and proud. Being a member of the Northern Territory Police has been rewarding and provided mewith unique opportunities and diversity in my career. It is the best Police Force in Australia. Top Award for Top Cop