Friday, June 21, 2024

NT Police Commissioner to retire

Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner and CEO, Michael Murphy APM, today announced the retirement of former NT Police Commissioner, Jamie Chalker APM.

It’s understood the former top cop has reached a confidential settlement with the NT Government after weeks of speculation about his continued role.

“On behalf of the agency, I want to thank Mr Chalker for his commitment and dedication to the women and men of this agency and the community which we all serve,” said Mr Murphy.

He said Mr Chalker’s career as a police officer had spanned more than 25 years and earned him a medal of bravery and appointment to multiple leadership positions within the organisation.

“Mr Chalker led this agency through the Territory’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and several natural disasters,” the Acting Commissioner said.

The NT Government will begin recruiting for the next Commissioner and CEO shortly.

“Territorians can be assured that the women and men of NTPFES remain committed to their duties and will continue to serve and protect the community.”

“We wish Mr Chalker and his family all the best for the next chapter of their lives,” he said.

Mr Chalker’s contract was not due to expire until November this year.

The announcement of his retirement follows legal action launched by Mr Chalker last week against Territory Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles, Police Minister Kate Worden and the Northern Territory Government.

Mr Chalker’s lawyers were due to file evidence with the Northern Territory Supreme Court tomorrow.

“The administrator has accepted Mr Chalker’s application to retire from the post of police commissioner,” a joint statement from Mr Chalker and the NT Government stated today.

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