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Safer Communities: More PALIs to fight alcohol-fuelled crime

The Territory Labor Government is creating safer communities by employing 75 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (PALIs) to stop problem drinkers getting access to alcohol.

Today Attorney General Natasha Fyles met with the third squad of PALIs before their official swearing in ceremony on Friday.

Upon graduation, this third squad will bring the total number of PALIs to 62 manning our bottle shops - 39 in Alice Springs, 19 in Katherine and 4 in Tennant Creek.

Since PALIs have been in place in Alice Springs, they have helped to drive down alcohol related assaults and domestic violence offences.

Between September and November 2018, alcohol related assaults have reduced by 42% in Alice Springs compared to the same period in 2017, and domestic violence related assaults have reduced by 34% over the same period. 

Recruitment for the fourth squad is underway.

Quotes Attorney General Natasha Fyles:

“We are tackling alcohol-fuelled crime and antisocial behaviour head on because people are sick of it.  We are implementing the toughest alcohol reforms in Territory history and have given police more powers to stop alcohol getting into the wrong hands.

“Our Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors are already helping reduce alcohol-fuelled violence in Alice Springs and we expect similar results in Katherine and Tennant Creek.

“No government has done more to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime and violence.”

Media Contact – Ellie Clancy – 0436 646 689