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Statement: Resignation of the Police Commissioner

Earlier today the Administrator accepted the resignation of the Commissioner of Northern Territory Police, John McRoberts.

The resignation follows allegations the Commissioner involved himself in a criminal investigation where his relationship with the subject of that investigation gave rise to a conflict of interest.

The Government has lost confidence in Mr McRoberts and his position has become untenable.

The Commissioner’s conduct is now the subject of a formal investigation.

I have made the following appointments while a new Commissioner is recruited:

Reece Kershaw is the Acting Commissioner. Mr Kershaw was previously Assistant Commissioner Darwin Metropolitan Service and Acting Deputy Commissioner.

Mark Payne APM is the Acting Deputy Commissioner. Mr Payne was previously Assistant Commissioner Crime and Specialist Services.

Both these individuals are outstanding officers and will execute their roles with professionalism.  

The Government had acted swiftly and decisively when it became aware of the matter.

The integrity of the Commissioner of Police must be beyond reproach. 

The Government has considered the available facts in this matter and believes that resignation is necessary to maintain public confidence on NT Police.

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