Congratulations, Kiim Parnell – NTPL Board Member receives NTPA 2021 Meritorious Service Award



The Northern Territory Police Association (NTPA) Meritorious Service Award is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to either the Association or policing in the Northern Territory in general. Senior Constable First Class (SC 1/C) Kiim Parnell first became a member of the Northern Territory Police Association (NTPA) when joining the NT Police Force on 13 July 1987. Following training, Kiim was posted to Alice Springs General Duties and worked there until returning to Darwin in 1989 to take up a position in the newly formed Junior Police Rangers. In 1993 she transferred to Harts Range with husband (and NTPA Life Member) Sean Parnell where she commenced maternity leave as they had the first two of their five children. In 1995 Kiim returned to Darwin and moved into the Community Engagement section, Communications, and the Police Training College before some additional maternity leave. In 2007 she again returned to Alice Springs before transferring back to Darwin in 2011 to work with the Remote Policing Division and Indigenous Policing Development Unit. In 2015 she commenced work in the Crime Division, working in Fraud Squad in Darwin as well as the Cyber Crime Unit and the newly created Territory Intelligence Centre. Kiim was endorsed as a NTPA representative on the NT Police Legacy Board (NTPL) on 12 November 2012 and has remained an active and vital member of that Board since. Since becoming a NTPL Board member, Kiim has volunteered countless hours of her time in promoting and assisting NT Police Legacy achieve success. Kiim continues to value the ongoing relationship with several police officers and their family’s courtesy of her long-lasting role at NT Police Legacy. There has barely been an event we have not seen Kiim at over recent memory which involves Police Legacy and the support they provide the policing family. Kiim has represented the NTPA during this entire period with a commitment to the values of the NTPA and for that we are sincerely grateful. Kiim continues in her role on the NT Police Legacy Board and has been instrumental in lobbying for a Reflection Chair which will soon be installed in strategic locations in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. The Reflection Chair is proposed to be a suitable park bench style chair with a plaque and be in prominent positions that will give family, loved ones and members of the Northern Territory Police, the opportunity to sit and reflect on those police members who have lost their lives through tragic circumstances. The chair also allows use by the public who have suffered similar experiences. It is clear SC 1/C Kiim Parnell meets the criteria for which this award was set out, as she has, and continues to, make a significant contribution, to either this Association or policing in the Northern Territory in general, as to justify formal recognition by this Award. It was an honour to present Kiim with this Award and we thank her for the ongoing contribution to the NTPA and policing in general.

Conference 2021 provided us once again the opportunity to recognise one of our long serving members for their ongoing dedication and commitment to supporting our members, and the families of those who did not return home.