Additional security on Territory buses

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The Northern Territory Government is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and secure public transport for all Territorians, including staff and drivers.

An additional 14 security officers have been contracted to ride on identified problem bus routes in Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston to enhance the security and safety of passengers and drivers as part of a 3 month trial.

This is a first for the Northern Territory, and aims to increase positive interaction with community members, youth, visitors and rough sleepers using the bus network.

Security officers provide a visual deterrent to anti-social behaviour and politely handle and defuse situations without endangering themselves or the general public, and encourage compliance with the rules of behaviour.

They have the power to demand a person to supply their name, date of birth and address. They can also give direction and require someone to get off a bus.

These additional security measures will help to address anti-social behaviour in a culturally-appropriate manner and make bus travel safer for everyone.

The security officers will be employed under an existing contract with Wilson Security.

The trial commenced on 1 November 2022 for a 3 month period.

For further information, contact the Public Transport Unit by email public.transport@nt.gov.au or phone 08 8924 7666.

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