Another nine liquor inspectors have started their training in preparation for bottle shop duties in Katherine.
The first 10 liquor inspectors arrived last month.
In total, there will be 22 based in Katherine.
This second batch of recruits begin their training at Alice Springs today.
The NT Government is employing 75 Police Auxiliary liquor inspectors (PALIs) across the Territory to stop problem drinkers getting access to alcohol.
Upon graduation, this third squad will bring the total number of PALIs to 62 manning our bottle shops - 39 in Alice Springs, 19 in Katherine and four in Tennant Creek.
Their training has included legislation, police powers and judicial process – as well as domestic and family violence awareness, child welfare awareness and policing between cultures.
Since PALIs have been in place in Alice Springs, they have helped to drive down alcohol related assaults and domestic violence offences.
Between September and November 2018, alcohol related assaults have reduced by 42 per cent in Alice Springs compared with the same period in 2017, and domestic violence related assaults have reduced by 34 per cent over the same period.
Recruiting for the fourth squad is underway.
Attorney General Natasha Fyles said: “We are tackling alcohol-fuelled crime and antisocial behaviour head on because people are sick of it. We are implementing the toughest alcohol reforms in Territory history and have given police more powers to stop alcohol getting into the wrong hands.
“Our Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors are already helping reduce alcohol-fuelled violence in Alice Springs and we expect similar results in Katherine and Tennant Creek.
“No government has done more to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime and violence.”
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