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The drum : the official publication of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services



The drum : the official publication of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services


Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services


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The DRUM18 Qualified members from USAR, volunteer and career members from NTES and NTFRS and volunteer ambulance officers participated in a six hour training exercise in March. In the scenario an apartment was collapsed as a result of a vehicle accident and an unknown number of victims were trapped inside the rubble. Team members worked for over six hours utilising various search and rescue skills and equipment to locate, access and extricate four victims to safety. It was a particularly useful test of new equipment from both agencies including new hydraulic equipment, rescue related cameras and sound equipment. It also tested skills that are not often utilised in general incidents. USAR Exercise - Yarrawonga by Sarah Combe Training Officer Mark Cunnington was impressed with the way team members approached the exercise in the hot and humid weather conditions. The participants approached the task with good humour and gusto with some useful comments coming out of the day. The Substance Abuse Intelligence Desk commenced operation in January 2006, targeting the supply and use of illicit and licit substances in remote communities in the tri state regions of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Working under Operation Midrealm, there are two permanent members of the Substance Abuse Intelligence Desk based in Alice Springs. A Detective from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is attached to the operation, as is a Police Officer based in Marla, South Australia. As a result information and intelligence is shared on a regular basis regarding drug, alcohol and petrol trafficking in the cross border region. The SAID utilises an intelligence led, informant driven approach to combating the problems in this area. A specific focus has been on maintaining relationships with service providers and community members in these remote areas. Due to the large geographical area, we cant be everywhere all the time. We rely on informants and community contacts to provide timely information and intelligence, which can be passed on to local members for action. Detective Senior Constable Beau McNeill, Officer in Charge SAID. Officers from all three states regularly conduct joint operations targeting offending in the cross border region. A recent operation was conducted in the Warburton and Wingelina communities of Western Australia, utilising members of the SAID, Northern Territory Dog Operations Unit, Kalgoorlie Detectives, and officers from Warburton Police Station. The operation proved highly successful, with seven men and one woman arrested from the Wingelina Community for various offences contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act, Firearms Act and Weapons Act (WA). As a result of intelligence obtained during the course of this operation, South Australian Police were later able to apprehend a target in Mintabie in possession of about 2.5kgs of cannabis. It is clear that criminals dont recognise state and territory boundaries, and neither should Police. Operation Midrealm is having a significant effect on offending in this region, primarily due to the information and intelligence sharing between jurisdictions. SAID by Detective Senior Constable Beau McNeill, Officer in Charge SAID