Northern Territory Electronic Monitoring
Electronic Monitoring is a vital component of the Northern Territory Government’s new Justice Strategy. Since 2014, G4S has been the specialist EM provider managing the Electronic Monitoring program for the NT Department of Correctional Services (NTDCS). Partnering with G4S has meant that the NTDCS would achieve the reliable and cost-effective EM solution needed to effectively monitor offenders released into the community and those based at low-security correctional work camps.
The roll out of the EM equipment was efficiently carried out within the client’s required 60 day timeframe and the transition overseen by a dedicated NT Contract Manager supported by an expert management team.
The contract is for the provision of a complete electronic monitoring solution to NTDCS which comprises; the supply of equipment for offenders and prisoners currently on a variety of order types, maintenance for all equipment and a full 24 hour Monitoring Centre which includes technical and Help Desk support. Accredited client training and refresher training is additionally provided for NTDCS staff. This contract will also provide innovative solutions such as SCRAMx® trans-dermal alcohol monitoring within the very near future.
As part of the contract , G4S acknowledged that there was significant indigenous representation among the offenders in the NT region. G4S implemented a solution that incorporated processes and procedures that were mindful and respectful of the cultural needs of indigenous offenders.
In line with the G4S Reconciliation Action Plan and the NTG indigenous policy statement of working with Aboriginal people to “build stronger futures together”, sensitivity is a priority when dealing with indigenous communities, particularly in the provision of face-to-face services with offenders including installation, alternate monitoring and other cultural activities.