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Minister Scullion: New police station and additional police officers to improve community safety in Wadeye
A new $28 million police station in Wadeye that will support a greater police presence in the community and surrounding districts has been officially opened by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today.
The police station, constructed with funding from the Coalition Government, will support an increased level of proactive policing in the district to prevent crime and boost community safety.
Joined at the opening by the Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner, Minister Scullion said NT Police would use the new facility to increase the number of police officers in Wadeye from eight to at least 14.
“The new station and additional officers have been welcomed by the strong women from Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation. Wadeye, just like any other community in Australia, is entitled to receive sufficient police resources to protect the vulnerable and ensure the community is safe,” Minister Scullion said.
“Wadeye has faced serious crime and community violence in the past. The community has worked hard to address these problems, and this increase in community policing resources will support those efforts.
“Importantly, these extra resources will allow the Wadeye police to provide greater support to local communities in the region, including Nganmarriyanga (Palumpa), which currently doesn’t have a police presence.”
The Coalition Government is providing $207 million for police infrastructure in remote Aboriginal communities as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment.
This complements an annual commitment of $84 million to improve community safety in the Northern Territory through local activities including youth crime prevention and diversion, prisoner throughcare services, community night patrols and family safety activities.