The Officer holding the role of Commissioner of NT Police is appointed as the patron of Victims of Crime NT Inc. We are pleased to have positive working relationships with Police and acknowledge the work that the Patron role does to bring attention to our cause.
Jamie Chalker APM
Mr Jamie Chalker APM was appointed Commissioner of Police and CEO of Fire and Emergency Services on 11 November 2019. Since his return to the agency following three years as Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Mr Chalker has instigated the Ten Year Strategy: Project 2030 – Back to Basics to Set our Future. As part of this work, Mr Chalker restored the agency to a true tri-service with the Northern Territory Police Force, Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service and Northern Territory Emergency Service operating under individual structures.
Born and bred in the Northern Territory, Mr Chalker followed in his father’s footsteps joining the Northern Territory Police Force in 1994, working across a wide range of areas including remote service. In 1999 he received the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for bravery for rescuing a man swept away in flood waters and in 2016 he was awarded the Australian Police Medal.
Mr Chalker’s tenure has been framed by the COVID-19 pandemic response through his role as Territory Controller. Under the Northern Territory’s Emergency Management Act 2013, the Commissioner of Police is responsible for controlling and directing emergency operations in the Territory. Mr Chalker instructed that a new Territory Emergency Operations Centre be built to cater for the 24/7 requirements of protecting the community against the virus. The centre will also manage cyclones, floods and bushfires.
The Commissioner and CEO has a patch of 1.4 million square kilometres to provide services to. He has made a significant focus of servicing remote and regional communities. With Project 2030’s priorities of Our People and Our Community, Mr Chalker is driving the important agenda of improved resources for all Territorians including those living outside major centres.
To assist with this goal, Mr Chalker established the Community Resilience and Engagement Command (CREC) which incorporates the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development Unit. Under his direction, CREC is responsible for building connections with Aboriginal communities – an important priority for a population that is 30 percent Indigenous. Mr Chalker oversaw the return of Aboriginal Liaison Officers to assist with this work, as part of a broader recruitment policy, including regular squads of constables of police, Aboriginal Community Police Officers and auxiliaries graduating from the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) College.