Working Safely in Community Night Patrol

CRANAplus was funded by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for an 18-month period to develop a safety package and communications strategy aimed at increasing the safety of the Community Night Patrol (CNP) Workforce. This included undertaking consultations to capture the safety concerns of the workforce from 81 Night Patrols operating within the Northern Territory and 6 communities in the South Australian Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands. This workforce comprises of over 400 employees; the majority are local Aboriginal men and women who retain connection with country, family, language, lore and custom allowing them to maintain respect and cultural authority within their own communities. They are often first- responders to accidents, injuries, fights and deaths within the community, defuse volatile situations and manage many of their own family and community disputes without police intervention.

Working in Community Night Patrol Safety Package

The Working in Community Night Patrol Safety Package comprises a range of resources and tools to promote a safer workforce. It includes:

  • Working Safely in Community Night Patrol eLearning Course. This course aims to assist patrollers to feel more confident to keep themselves, their team and their community safe. In this course patrollers learn key areas to staying safe using simple and easy to follow steps. This includes looking at a range of scenarios that patrollers might experience in their job. The course is split into 5 Modules. Each module takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. It is recommended that patrollers complete the course with support from their team leader, coordinator or manager to provide guidance and information specific to their workplace.
  1.  Introduction
  2.  Module1
  3.  Module2
  4.  Module3
  5.  Module4
  6.  Module5
  • Working Safely in Community Night Patrol Handbook. This small hardcopy booklet is a summary of the information patrollers will learn during the eLearning course. It is designed as a quick reference tool that can be kept in patrol vehicles and offices. Click the link below for a copy of the Handbook.


  • Working Safely in Community Night Patrol Guidelines. This hardcopy booklet has been developed for community night patrol managers. It aims to establish best practise in relation to Community Night Patrol workforce safety. These Guidelines provides information, resources and tools to promote consistency and best practise. They may be adopted or adapted by service providers to support best practise and continuity across all Community Night Patrol services. Click the link below for a copy of the Guidelines.


Working Safely in Community Night Patrol Communication Strategy

CRANAplus has collaborated with the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) to produce a promotional video and a series of Patroller stories that use a story telling approach to promote the patrollers role and evoke a sense of appreciation and gratitude within the community. Click below to view these resources.

Working Safely in Community Night Patrol Video

Click on the Introduction Module of the eLearning course to hear patroller stories.

Community Night Patrol Workforce Safety Report

At the commence of the project, CRANAplus conducted a literature review and a series of consultations to capture the safety concerns of the workforce.

Click here for a copy of this report.