A group of 10 South Australian police officers have been temporarily sworn into the Northern Territory police force, as a youth curfew continues in Alice Springs.

The two-week secondment of SA police officers to the outback town was announced last week following approval from the state’s police commissioner, Grant Stevens.

The curfew is expected to end next Tuesday, having been extended until the end of the school holidays.

Overall, 20 officers are being deployed to Alice Springs, made up of two rotations of 10 officers each.

The first group of 10 arrived in Alice Springs on Wednesday morning, with the second group to arrive on April 18.

Two rotations of 10 South Australian police officers are being deployed to Alice Springs.(ABC News: Xavier Martin)

It comes after the president of the South Australian police union, Mark Carroll, said the officers hadn’t received adequate training for their deployment.

Speaking on ABC Radio Darwin, NT Police Minister Brent Potter said Mr Carroll’s comments were “a little bit rich”.

“They’re best placed, they’re trained, they’ll be sworn in as Northern Territory police officers by the [NT] commissioner,” he said.

“They’ll be doing the community engagement piece, the high visibility policing.

“Obviously, the more complex tasks … won’t be going to them, it will be going to our Northern Territory police officers.”

Brent Potter says the SA police officers currently in Alice Springs have been adequately trained.(Supplied: Global Headquarters/Jiwa IGusti)

CLP mirrors government’s police review response

A long-awaited review into the NT police force was released by the government on Tuesday, finding long-standing governance and management issues.

Chief Minister Eva Lawler announced her response at a press conference, rejecting three of 18 recommendations while promising $570 million over five years for police resourcing and infrastructure.

On Wednesday, with just over four months until the next territory election, Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said she would not accept the same three recommendations.

Two of those recommendations were removing police auxiliary liquor inspectors (PALIs) from bottle shops and ending government funding for private security guards to patrol the streets.

“It would be reckless and irresponsible to remove that [private security] service until such time as crime is driven down and out police force numbers are bolstered,” Ms Finocchiaro said.

“It is indisputable that police on bottle shops provide an important, pro-active element of policing that we cannot afford not to have.”

Lia Finocchiaro is heading into her second consecutive general election as CLP leader.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

NT Police Association president Nathan Finn said the government’s funding promises would be “a great stepping stone to re-establish what the police force needs”.

But Mr Finn said his members were disappointed the government didn’t accept all recommendations.

“We’ve been quite clear on our position on [PALIs and private security] that they haven’t [accepted],” he said.

“We need to have a conversation with government.”

Nathan Finn is disappointed all 18 recommendations from the review weren’t accepted.(ABC News: Peter Garnish)

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