Community night patrols in the Northern Territory: Toward an improved performance and reporting framework


This report summarises the results of a project which aimed to clarify the contribution of the community night patrol program in the Northern Territory (NT) to improving the community safety of Indigenous communities. It recommends an improved framework for monitoring performance and reporting. Community night patrols or similar services operate in many other areas of Australia and internationally. It concludes that the core business of community night patrols is (non-crisis) crime prevention not defacto policing. It also concludes that an unrecognised outcome of patrols is capturing and sharing local knowledge about community safety issues and solutions.

Summarises the results of a project funded by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.