NT Government to Employ Police Liquor Inspectors for Bottle Shops

12th Mar 2018

The Northern Territory Government have announced a new unit will be created to target alcohol fuelled violence throughout the Territory.

The new initiative will see police officers that currently patrol takeaway outlets replaced over the next year with the deployment of 75 auxillary liquor inspectors and 41 of these will be based in Alice Springs.

The liquor inspectors will have the power to ensure bottle shops comply with the law, ask for customer’s name & addresses and intervene in any liquor sales.

Announcing the plan, Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield says that recent restrictions of alcohol sales in Tennant Creek was a emergency measure specifically for that town, and different responses are needed in other areas of the Territory.

The Minister also stated that day patrols which were conducted over summer in Alice Springs will be evaluated to see if they can remain permanently in the town.

The new unit within the Northern Territory will also target secondary supply of alcohol to remote communities

Up to 36 police officers will gradually return to front line duties at urban & remote centres under the new measures.

Audio of the media conference announcing the plan is below. Featuring Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield & Northern Territory Police Assistant Commissioner for Central & Southern Operations, Dave Proctor.