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AT around 5.30am on Saturday 5
March, I heard a commotion in the
park next door to our house.
That in itself is not unusual.
The noise was being made by a clearly
terrified young woman, who was screaming
and bashing fences to attract attention as she
attempted to run away from three young men
who were chasing her.
It appeared none of the four were intoxi-
The men caught the woman at a street inter-
section about 200 metres away from me and
one of them king hit the woman from behind.
The woman collapsed to the ground and
the three men then began kicking her and
punching her before dragging her out of my
line of sight.
I rang 000 to report the incident.
That call took several minutes.
By the time I was off the phone, the assail-
ants and victim had gone.
I waited for half an hour for police response,
then waited in my home.
A lone police officer arrived at 6.45 and
reported he couldn’t find anyone and ex-
plained they had been very busy and were
When I rang 000, one of the first questions
asked was whether those involved were In-
digenous or non-Indigenous.
Should that matter?
It was quite clearly a serious situation or is it
simply that Northern Territory Police haven’t
yet moved on from their “Juliet Alpha Delta
November” call sign days?
I don’t know what happened to the victim
but she had to have injuries, probably quite
Even a rapid response may not have saved
her but perhaps her attackers would have
It is far from the first time I have had what
I believe was a disgracefully inadequate re-
sponse from Tennant Creek Police.
Mostly, it has not been the individual offi-
cers’ fault; I know many of the officers well
and cannot fault their commitment to what
is unquestionably an extremely difficult and
often thankless job.
I won’t bother calling police again.
I had basically given up doing so anyway; I
only rang on Saturday because of the horrific
nature of the attack.
If I have to sort it for myself in future so be
it; at least I will have a clear conscience after
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ASSISTANT Commissioner Jea-
nette Kerr was in Tennant Creek
this week to present officers
awards for their service in the NT
Sergeant Gregory Jarvis and Senior
ACPO Michael James were awarded a
National Medal for 15 years’ diligent
service while Superintendent Kerry
Hoskins received a clasp after serving
25 years with the NT Police.
Superintendent Hoskins, who has
recently been appointed to manage the
Barkly region, also received a National
Police Service Medal along with Ser-
geant Brendan O’Hara and Senior Con-
stable Ralph Goodfield.
She also received her Superintendent
Commission with Superintendent Lauren
Hill from the Katherine Division and Su-
perintendent Neil Hayes from the Central
Desert Division also in town to receive
Although he wasn’t present for the
occasion, Assistant Commissioner Kerr
acknowledged Sergeant Phillip Lum’s
overseas service towards the 2011
Christchurch, NZ, earthquake with a
Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal.
Assistant Commissioner Kerr said
police and national service medals were
significant milestones in any member’s
“The recipients should be proud of these
achievements,” she said.
“I also want to congratulate the new
superintendents in the regional opera-
“I feel very privileged to have such a ca-
pable and professional operations team.”
LINE UP: Superintendent Lauren Hill, Superintendent Neil Hayes,
Sergeant Greg Jarvis, Senior ACPO Michael James, Sergeant
Brendan O’Hara and Superintendent Kerry Hoskins received
service awards from Assistant Commissioner Jeanette Kerr this
PROUD MOMENT: Assistant Commissioner Jeanette Kerr with
Barkly Superintendent Kerry Hoskins.
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