Conclusion of Emergency Declaration and Youth Curfew in Alice Springs

The emergency declaration and youth curfew in the Alice Springs High-Risk Area (HRA) concluded at 6am today.

The Northern Territory Police Force would like to thank the Alice Springs community for their support and cooperation since the emergency declaration and curfew was announced late last month by the NT Government.

Throughout the duration of the curfew, police engaged with a total of 338 youths as part of ongoing efforts to uphold community safety and foster engagement within the community. Police arrested no youths in relation to the emergency declaration or curfew.

Operation Munster was established in response to the violent disturbances, with multiple arrests subsequently being made. Detectives from Crime Command and Strike Force Viper continue to investigate the incident and have already charged 8 people.

The Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is now working towards a transition from an active operational phase of the emergency declaration to a recovery phase. Members of the Northern Territory Police Community Resilience and Engagement Team are also continuing to engage with local families alongside the department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

The police presence remains steadfast in Alice Springs, encompassing both the CBD and surrounding suburbs, ensuring safety day and night.

Southern Commander James Gray-Spence reflected on the conclusion of the curfew and acknowledged the joint efforts made by the multiple agencies involved.

“This was a collaborative emergency management arrangement involving multiple government and non-government agencies, all working towards the common goal of community safety.

“The curfew was a success, and we continue to work together to evaluate the lessons learned and what we can take from the situation going forward. Anecdotally, we have heard from our community about a change in behaviours regarding youths being accompanied in the CBD by responsible adults, which was very positive to hear.

“We thank the additional Northern Territory Police stationed in Alice Springs for their support, as well as the South Australian Police officers who will remain in town until next week.

“We continue to call upon senior leadership in our community to work together in combating crime in Alice Springs.”

Police continue to urge the public to immediately contact police if you witness crime or anti-social behaviour on 131 444, or in an emergency to call 000.

You can also make an anonymous report through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or through

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