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The 13 In a national first, NT Police and 78 communities around the Territory have come together over the past 10 months to formulate guidelines and protocols for Night Patrols. The process began in June last year with funding provided through the National Crime Prevention Program. Workshops were held in Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Timber Creek, Darwin, and Tennant Creek, with the final one held in April this year in Alice Springs. The Alice Springs workshop involved 140 people from across the Territory and interstate, including Night Patrol workers, community councils and representatives of government and non-government organisations and interstate police forces. From these workshops a national, fully accredited set of competencies was developed for Night Patrol workers. Deputy Commissioner Bruce Wernham was on hand to officially open the Alice Springs workshop. He praised the efforts of Night Patrol workers, communities and facilitators of the program. The project officer Senior Constable Scott Mitchell has worked well with the many people involved to identify issues and problems that face Night Patrols within the Territory, Deputy Commissioner Wernham said. The main focus of the whole process has been to utilise the expertise of the people directly involved with the services provided by Night Patrols. It was about us listening to them rather than the other way around. The guidelines and protocols are expected to be completed within two months along with a report to Government. Deputy Commissioner Bruce Wernham congratulates ACPO Andrew Spencer on his painting which represents the goals of the Night Patrol workshops $%"& NT Emergency Service volunteer Phil Walker has received a bravery award for his part in rescuing three people trapped during a fire in New South Wales. Phil was a member of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in 1994 when the incident occurred. In May this year he received the NSW Commissioners Citation for Bravery. The citation, states: On January 8, 1994, the southern Sydney suburb of Jannali was impacted by wild fire of such intensity that even property protection was impossible. While assisting with the evacuation of civilians, Captain Kiellor and Deputy Captain Walker were alerted to the plight of three persons trapped in a house in the immediate path of the fire front. Despite a direct threat to their own lives, the two officers attended the scene on foot and carrying breathing apparatus, the fire being too intense to allow approach by vehicle. The badly burnt victims were located in a backyard swimming pool and were protected and assisted by the two officers until medical assistance could safely be deployed. Despite placing their own lives in direct danger, these two officers succeeded in saving the lives of two of the victims. Their courage and self-sacrifice are an outstanding example and have brought great honour to themselves and to their brigade. Phil (pictured above) is employed as an aviation rescue officer at the Alice Springs Airport and is currently the officer in charge of the Alice Springs NTES Volunteer Unit.
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