GP slams NT's 'over-the-top' grog shop cops

Answering armed liquor inspector questions outside alcohol outlets is a step too far for this remote doctor

A GP has slammed a new breed of "heavily armed" and "menacing" auxiliary police that have been drafted to patrol liquor stores in the NT as part of the territory's reforms to tackle alcohol-related violence.

Man in handcuffs

Katherine GP Dr Peter Spafford says the auxiliary police officers, armed with tasers, handguns and truncheons, stand outside the stores and grill queues of potential customers.

“They stand there, two or three heavily armed, looming over potential customers and insinuating that everyone is a grog runner," he writes in a letter to