Aboriginal Communities and the Police’s Taskforce Themis: Case studies in remote Aboriginal community policing in the Northern Territory

Aboriginal Communities and the Police’s Taskforce Themis: Case studies in remote Aboriginal community policing in the Northern Territory Report

  • Author(s): James Pilkington
  • Published: 2009
  • Publisher: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, and Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Services

Abstract: NAAJA and CAALAS undertook research into policing under the NTER (‘the Intervention’), in particular the establishment of 18 new police stations in Aboriginal communities. The findings of the research are primarily based on 331 surveys of Aboriginal people in 14 of the 18 communities, and around 70 interviews with elders, community representatives, police and other service providers in those communities. This data was supplemented with statistical data from the courts and from the police. Overall, 17% of respondents believed ‘everything’ in their communities had improved since the start of Themis; conversely 14% of respondents believed ‘nothing’ had improved. Problems that are visible in public spaces had improved the most; these were alcohol (46%) and community violence (45%); less visible crimes like marijuana use, sexual assault and stealing recorded less improvement. Overall, 75% of respondents wanted a permanent police presence and 53% believed the police were doing a good job (compared with 59% across the NT generally according to the NTPFES Annual Report 07/08). There was a slight decrease in positive feelings towards the police since the start of Themis.

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James Pilkington, 2009, Aboriginal Communities and the Police’s Taskforce Themis: Case studies in remote Aboriginal community policing in the Northern Territory, Report, viewed 16 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3011.

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