Previous NT shoulder patch
This patch was introduced in 1976. It is among the first patches for an Australian jurisdiction. It was retained upon the NT achieving self government with the understanding a new patch would be developed.
Current NT shoulder patch
Note that the uniform material in no longer Khaki. It moved to a dark blue in 2011-2012.
The current shoulder patch was adopted in the Bicentennial year of 1988* following a design competition the previous two years and phased in over 18 months. It has at its centre a kangaroo, symbolising the Australian Outback, surrounded by a laurel wreath featuring the Territory’s floral emblem, Sturt's Desert Rose; and standing beneath St Edward's Crown, the crown used at coronations, symbolising Commonwealth links. Below, a scroll displays the police motto 'To Serve and Protect' and the words ‘Northern Territory Police’ are above. The shoulder patch design was selected from staff submissions, with Senior Constable Peter Hamon accredited with the design that led to its final form. His submission included the words ‘Serve’ and ‘Protect’, which in turn are accredited to Senior Constable Arthur Eggleston.
*Squad photos do not appear with the new patch until 1990 possibly due to the need to use existing uniform stocks.