Our top cop a class act

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION - CHRIS EASTAUGHFFE, Wood­stock.

QUEENS­LAND Po­lice, get your act to­gether.

We have been see­ing Paul Tay­lor listed as “act­ing” boss of the North­ern Po­lice Re­gion for years, since the amal­ga­ma­tion of the Townsville and Cairns ar­eas. One would think he’s had enough ex­pe­ri­ence to be ap­pointed to the po­si­tion of as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner by now; how many years has he been do­ing the job?

He was the first ap­point­ment to a new po­si­tion; he is still there, there­fore the only per­son with the ex­pe­ri­ence to hold the role. There is enough act­ing go­ing on in Par­lia­ment with­out spread­ing it around.

If Tay­lor has been in the po­si­tion for years, is he good enough to ap­point to the po­si­tion? Or is the Queens­land Po­lice still us­ing dou­ble stan­dards, and just us­ing peo­ple?

Is their pro­mo­tions sys­tem that bro­ken?

If the per­son wasn't fit and ca­pa­ble to do the task, they shouldn't have the po­si­tion; if some­one has dis­played a ca­pac­ity to per­form in the role, and com­mu­ni­cate with the public ef­fec­tively, why aren’t they ap­pointed per­ma­nently?

I would sus­pect that he is ap­proach­ing re­tire­ment age ( no of­fence meant) and the only dif­fer­ence per­ma­nency makes is to his pen­sion ( he’s do­ing the job any­way).

So per­haps our south­ern lords may con­sider mak­ing it per­ma­nent for him?

Seems to me prob­lems and pol­i­tics as­so­ci­ated with ap­point­ing peo­ple to po­si­tions aren’t lim­ited to the ju­di­ciary in Queens­land.

All public ser­vices have be­come more po­lit­i­cal, at the se­nior lev­els es­pe­cially.

EX­PE­RI­ENCED: Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Tay­lor.

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