President's Message

National policing community rallies around NT member 

I’d like to thank you, our members, our Delegates and the TPAV Executive who have worked tirelessly throughout what has been an incredibly busy and important year for TPAV. 

Last month, a colleague of ours, Constable Zach Rolfe, was charged with the murder of an indigenous man in a remote Northern Territory community. 

In response, the national body that represents our members, The Police Federation of Australia, released the following statement, which we at TPAV endorse: 

The Police Federation of Australia (PFA) condemns the recent charging of Constable Zach Rolfe, a member of the Northern Territory Police Force, following an incident in the course of his duties. 

Members of all police forces around the country are undoubtedly shocked, however, Constable Rolfe has made it clear that he will plead not guilty and vigorously contest the charge. 

The PFA extends its full support to Constable Rolfe and his family during this difficult time, and indeed to all members of the Northern Territory Police Force who continue to serve the entire community every single day, including our remote indigenous communities. 

The Northern Territory Police Association is providing full support to Constable Rolfe and his family, as well as legal representation. 

This highlights the significance of the work police associations do around the nation and the importance of every police association to each and every one of its members. 

On behalf of 63,000 police members we commend the Northern Territory Police Association for its support for Constable Rolfe and all of the members. 

Authorised by Mark Carroll President, Police Federation of Australia and Scott Weber CEO, Police Federation of Australia. 


'NT Constable Zach Rolfe is presented with an award for bravery in April 2019 by then Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove'. 

Merry Christmas

The stress and responsibility that rests on the shoulders of police doesn’t subside at this time of year like it does for so many other professions. Quite often, the opposite applies. 

With Christmas now upon us, I’d like to thank you, our members, our Delegates and the TPAV Executive who have worked tirelessly throughout what has been an incredibly busy and important year for TPAV. 

As the communities you protect look forward to relaxing and enjoying a restful period with their families, I would like to express our gratitude and admiration for our many members who will continue to work throughout this busy period. 

We hope you can manage to find the opportunity to spend some time with your loved ones.