TheTerritory Labor Government has completed recruitment of 75 Police AuxiliaryLiquor Inspectors (PALIs) as part of its comprehensive plan to tackle alcoholfuelled crime and violence.
The plan – which was announced inMarch 2018 – consists of additional resources for NT Police including 75PALIs, 12 police officers to target secondary supply, three prosecutors (to focus on license breach prosecutions), 10 additional mobile CCTV cameras andchanges to legislation to give our police stronger powers.
Allmeasures have now been implemented, with the Minister for Police, Fire andEmergency Services Nicole Manison today meeting the last squad of PALIs whohave just begun their 13-week trainingprogram.
They willbe on the beat in August this year.
The PALIsare achieving excellent results. Since being in place in Alice Springs, totalassaults decreased 34%, offences against the person decreased 33%,domestic violence decreased 32% and alcohol-related assaults decreased47%.
We havealso seen decreases in alcohol-related hospital admissions with, a 39.2%reduction in Alice Springs, 28.6% reduction in Katherine and a 50%reduction in Tennant Creek.
We are alsoseeing fantastic results from our 12 officers dedicated to tackling secondarysupply, since October 2018 they have achieved:
o 5Breaches of the Liquor Act proven and finalised – 10 matters relating to the Liquoract ongoing;
o Severalpersons successfully prosecuted for secondary supply.
o Seized13 motor vehiclesthat were used in transporting alcohol into Alcohol Protected Areas
o 38Banned Drinker referrals, and 45 extensions issued for Banned Drinking Orders
Separatelyto this, Police in Darwin have seized and destroyed 17,000 Litres of alcoholin the last 12 months, and issued 1,035 infringement notices.
Quotesfrom Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Nicole Manison:
TheTerritory Labor Government is tackling alcohol-fuelled crime and violence.
Our plansare starting to work with assaults and alcohol-related hospital admissiondecreasing across the Territory. The results have been excellent.
Ourefforts are in stark contrast to the CLP who scrapped the Banned DrinkerRegister and promised to recruit 120 more officers but failed.
Alcoholabuse cost the Territory almost $1.4 billion a year and causes untold damage tothousands of peoples lives. It affects every Territorian.