Working together to protect our future

Writing this article, I am taken aback by how quickly 2019 has disappeared and 2020 is about to roll around. It seems like only yesterday it was February and I started my journey with the NTPA.

But now it's December and the jolly man should be shooting down the chimney any day now. So, on that note I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, for those travelling have a safe journey. For those on shift over Christmas thanks for being there to ensure the community is safe.

During the last 10 months I have managed to travel quite a lot of the Top End with plenty more to go. Back in February, travel started with the desert, with a trip to Alice, the Rock and Tennant Creek with the Consent Agreement information sessions. The sessions then moved further north to Katherine, Darwin and out to Nhulunbuy. Groote was given a miss as Cyclone Trevor was expected to come across from Queensland and be in the gulf, so I chickened out, and stayed in Darwin in case we got caught and couldnt get home. Some may call me soft, I think smart.

As time permitted, I was able to do a number of remote trips visiting members, listening to their concerns and taking a few photos for the scrap book. I have managed to get to Wadeye, Peppimenarti, Daly River, Borroloola, Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Minyerri, Mataranka, Jabiru, Maningrida, Ramingining, Pine Creek, Maranboy, Adelaide River, Kalkarindji, Lajamanu, Yaralin and Timber Creek. I know this doesnt cover all the Top End stations, but I will work on the rest in 2020. As the Wet rolls in I will be restricted to where I can travel but be assured that once the Dry starts again I will be doing the rounds. A common theme as I visited stations, both in and out of Darwin, was a lot of members shared the same concerns; rosters, annual leave calculations, long service leave calculations, payroll issues and allowance issues, staffing, and resources.

Although there are a number of stations and units in police that are short on numbers it is pleasing to see the commencement of training of 60 recruit Constables. I am sure that they will be a welcome resource once they graduate next May.

I, like all of you, am anxious to see what comes of the new Rank Qualification Pathway, hopefully by the time this article hits the press the College will have released to members what the new structure will look like and we will all have some guidance. I have attended several of the information sessions and have certainly voiced my opinion of the slowness and the lack of clarity of the pathway. Commander Porter attended a NTPA Executive meeting on the 3rd of October where he gave me an undertaking that the Rank Qualification Pathway will be released for members to view on the 1 December 2019.

So, as I mentioned, hopefully that has been done and we are all reading it and are able to somewhat plan our Police Careers. If not, I suppose I have work to do to get this sorted before 01/01/2020!!

Please remember, we have all chosen a career that takes us to many highs and many lows as we progress through the years. With the release of the Graduation Day song and the short film Dark Blue, we should all reflect on our family and our Police family. Pay attention to what others are going through and dont be afraid to step up and ACT, it takes a brave person to act on the behalf of another it could save a life.