‘The Australian Federal Police is today expected to announce its official pull-out from the Northern Territory Emergency Response.
Northern Territory police officers will resume policing all remote communities.
Former Territory coordinator-general for remote services Bob Beadman says he was impressed that some AFP officers on a six-month rotation in remote communities were able to overcome cultural differences.
But he says he also saw indications that not all officers made the adjustment to working in remote Aboriginal communities.
“I’ve seen some excellent outcomes from those places, and I’ve seen some ones that leave you a bit wondering whether the police made the adjustment, but people nevertheless put their hands up from interstate to come here and undertake the hard work in hard circumstances,” he said.
“I think that’s been appreciated on the whole.”
But an Indigenous man from Arnhem Land says the Emergency Response and the introduction of AFP has really done nothing for his community.’
June 16, 2011 · 9:26 am