Minister Chandler wants to introduce “electronic monitoring devices” to assist …

Comment on Temporary Beat Locations – stop the political games by Phil Walcott.

Minister Chandler wants to introduce “electronic monitoring devices” to assist with limiting alcohol supply. Hello??? That’s what the BDR was for! And that mob threw it out without any evidence that “it wasn’t working”. Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on “new” devices?
Just pull and re-connect the mothballed BDR scanners. Stop playing politics and stop wasting $$$ when there are already resources that can achieve the aim.
It was long said that a full “suite of measures” was required to help address the issues around alcohol consumption levels and the concomitant negative behaviour.
It’s not rocket science that a few good, solid measures placed strategically around the community can achieve the desired outcomes.
I’m not convinced that deploying trained police officers to act as security personnel is a smart use of either resources or is a reflection of the skill sets of the officers.
The NT Government has still not achieved the “extra 120” police officers on the beat that they promised three years ago. As people join, others leave … attrition must be factored into the equation.
Let’s stop the political games. Introduce and strengthen policies / procedures / practices that indicate these decision-makers know what they’re doing!

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