Dis­ci­plinary panel

Po­lice pro­cesses put un­der mi­cro­scope

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

PREMIER Anna Bligh has as­sem­bled a panel to over­haul the flawed in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary process within the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice.

The re­view was rec­om­mended by the Crime and Mis­con­duct Com­mis­sion in a re­port tabled in par­lia­ment in De­cem­ber last year.

The CMC said the po­lice com­mis­sioner should be given the power to sack of- fi­cers in whom he’d lost con­fi­dence, with­out en­gag­ing in a pro­tracted dis­ci­plinary process.

The panel con­sists of bar­ris­ter Si­mone Webb, for­mer court of ap­peal judge Jus­tice Glen Wil­liams and re­tired as­sis­tant po­lice com-mis­sioner Felix Grayson.

She said the panel would re­port back to her by the end of April. ‘‘ We will en­sure quick ac­tion is taken and that there is an im­proved model to deal with po­lice mis­con­duct,’’ Ms Bligh said.

‘‘The vast ma­jor­ity of Queens­land po­lice of­fi­cers, ev­ery sin­gle day, con­tinue to serve the pub­lic across the state with the ut­most in­tegrity.

‘‘ My gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the thou­sands of of­fi­cers who do the right thing, by en­sur­ing there is a fair and ro­bust dis­ci­plinary sys­tem in place to deal with those few of­fi­cers who do not meet the high stan­dards of con­duct ex­pected.’’

Ms Bligh said the re­view was im­por­tant for main­tain­ing pub­lic con­fi­dence in the po­lice ser­vice.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bob Atkin­son said yes­ter­day he would hold talks with the panel. ‘‘ I don’t think the sys­tem is bro­ken but clearly it can work bet­ter,’’ he said.

But the State Op­po­si­tion dis­missed the an­nounce­ment as a ‘‘ re­view into a re­view’’.

Po­lice s pokesman Glen Elmes said the sec­ond re­view was a waste of time and money.

Po­lice Union pres­i­dent Ian Leavers said he wel­comed the an­nounce­ment but said it was im­per­a­tive the Po­lice Union was in­cluded in the re­view.

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