Night Patrols are facilitated and delivered in twelve MacDonnell Regional Council communities through its Community Safety services. Night Patrols are a vital community program that protects vulnerable and at risk people by using cultural mediation skills, engaging with youth people, defusing potentially violent incidents and reducing adverse contact for local people with the criminal justice system.
Throughout MacDonnell Regional Council communities the Community Safety program maintains an indigenous employment rate of 100% across the workforce of Coordinators, Team Leaders to Night Patrol Officers. This capacity is achieved by Council’s support and development of skills and confidence of community residents to deliver effective community safety measures through both on the job and registered training. Night Patrol Officers are supported in their Certificate 3 training in Community Services with Charles Darwin University.
Night Patrol Officers also play a pivotal role in maintaining cohesion at community sports carnivals in the MacDonnell Regional Council area, neighbouring council areas and in Alice Springs. Patrols from neighbouring communities support each other’s events, together strengthening community safety for all concerned. MacDonnell Council’s Night Patrol teams also worked closely with Tangentyere Council, Central Desert Regional Council and the Northern Territory Police when people from across Central Australia converged in Alice Springs for major events.