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
Man in handcuffs

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.

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.