Police processes put under microscope
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.