Territory Response Group

Territory Response Group
Active 1978 - Present
Country Australia
Branch Northern Territory Police
Role Law Enforcement, Domestic Counter-Terrorism, Tactical Law Enforcement & Search and rescue
Part of Counter Terrorism Security Coordination Unit
Garrison/HQ Darwin
Nickname(s) Task Force
Engagements 1998 arrest of bank robber Brenden Abbott, 2012 capture of Jonathon Andrew Stenberg[1]

The Territory Response Group (TRG) is the Police Tactical Group of the Northern Territory Police. Part of the Territory Response Division (formerly Territory Support Division) the TRG is tasked to provide general and specialist support to other units of the Northern Territory Police. It is closely aligned with the NT Police Counter Terrorism Security Coordination Unit (CTSCU) which was formally established in July 2003.[2]


The TRG are part of Australian Governments National Anti-Terrorism Plan which requires, since 1978 each State Police Force to maintain a specialist counter-terrorist and hostage rescue unit with specialist capabilities.[3]

In May 2011 the TRG took delivery of a Lenco BearCat armoured vehicle available for use in siege or terrorist situations.[4][5] The vehicle is known as the 'Armoured Rescue Vehicle'.[6]

The group currently wear 'A-TACS' AU (Arid/Urban) camouflage as a general duty uniform and are the only police tactical unit in Australia to do so.[7]

In 2015 the Group took delivery of a variety of new equipment including Remington R5 rifles and Sig Sauer 716 semi-automatic rifles.[8]


The Territory Response Group is responsible for the following:[3]

One of the group's roles is providing rapid tactical assistance to general duties police in the event of armed offenders or during high risk operations. An element is available for this purpose as an interim measure before deployment of a larger group.


See also

International units

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