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NT body-worn camera footage now evidence

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The Northern Territory government says it's putting domestic violence victims first and protecting police from abuse by training officers to capture body-worn camera footage to be used as evidence.

Last year Labor rolled out more than 800 cameras worn on frontline police officers' uniforms, which Chief Minister Michael Gunner says have helped reduce the number of assaults.

Since March, 118 officers have also undergone training to take footage that is admissible in the courtroom to protect families and children in domestic violence incidents.

Mr Gunner says assaults on officers have dropped by 10 per cent over the past five years, but police couldn't confirm whether an officer who was stabbed last week in a remote indigenous community was wearing the camera equipment.

He said on-the-spot video statements ensure family violence victims are less likely to have to face their attacker or relive their ordeal during trials.

The changes will lead to a significant reduction in matters that proceed to court, he said.

"This will take pressure off the courts, it will take pressure importantly off the victim," Mr Gunner said.

Mr Gunner rubbished an idea floated by the Country Liberals Party to impose a curfew on all youth to combat property crime, following the vandalism of 50 cars by juveniles at an Alice Springs dealership last week.

He acknowledged that youth crime was growing and the offenders were getting younger, but said there's no evidence that shows a curfew would work.

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