OUR $1M MISS­ING COPS

Tax­pay­ers pay the rent while se­nior po­lice reno home and take leave

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - PAUL WE­STON

THEY are the two most se­nior Gold Coast po­lice of­fi­cers. One is sus­pended and fac­ing crim­i­nal charges; the other is on in­def­i­nite sick leave.

To­day, the Bulletin can re­veal both Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Terry Bor­land and Su­per­in­ten­dent Michelle Sten­ner have prop­erty port­fo­lios, but since their ap­point­ments to the Coast in 2015 they have ben­e­fited from tax­payer-funded ac­com­mo­da­tion. One is liv­ing in a $1 mil­lion river-front shack while the other stays in a sub­ur­ban gov­ern­men­towned fam­ily house as their $1m canal-front home is ren­o­vated.

The sub­sidised prop­erty deal has riled rank-and-file of­fi­cers who look for lead­er­ship as morale nose­dives.

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Mark Ryan is be­ing ac­cused of not show­ing lead­er­ship as the morale of Gold Coast po­lice nose dives fol­low­ing the ar­rest of top cop Michelle Sten­ner.

Com­mis­sioner Ian Ste­wart is also un­der the spot­light after tak­ing leave this week as prose­cu­tions be­gan plan­ning Supt Sten­ner’s brief ap­pear­ance at the South­port Watch­house.

Supt Sten­ner, 44, was ar­rested on Thurs­day morn­ing and charged with three counts of per­jury and one count of mis­con­duct in re­la­tion to pub­lic of­fice.

The ar­rest and rev­e­la­tions yes­ter­day the Crime and Cor­rup­tion probe would be widened to cover staff pro­mo­tions, con­tract deals and bullying has been a blow to po­lice morale. Coast po­lice con­tacted the

Bulletin yes­ter­day fu­ri­ous that the rep­u­ta­tion of hard-work­ing rank-and-file of­fi­cers had been dam­aged from the Supt Sten­ner charges.

“No one gets help down here. They will get tar­nished with this. There has not been one word of sup­port for Gold Coast po­lice from any­one,” an of­fi­cer said.

“Ev­ery­one down here will be black-listed by the or­gan­i­sa­tion. We’re sick of it.”

Op­po­si­tion po­lice spokesman Tim Mander said Mr Ryan had failed to take ac­tion and show lead­er­ship on morale and cul­ture is­sues on the Glit­ter Strip.

“He ei­ther doesn’t take the is­sue se­ri­ously or has no con­cern about main­tain­ing law and or­der for Gold Coast fam- ilies and busi­ness own­ers,” Mr Mander said.

“With vi­o­lent crime in­creas­ing and bikies re-emerg­ing this is the last thing we need and Mark Ryan needs to do his job and sort this out as a pri­or­ity.”

Surfers Par­adise MP John-Paul Lang­broek said po­lice ex­pected some sort of state­ment of sup­port from Mr Ryan and Com­mis­sioner Ste­wart re­gard­ing con­fi­dence in mov­ing forward with polic­ing.

But Mr Lang­broek doubted Mr Ryan could take an eth­i­cal lead after the re­cent Pullen fam­ily in­ci­dent.

Gary and Leanne Pullen re- ceived an apol­ogy after they pro­moted the gov­ern­ment’s new “no body, no pa­role” laws while the Min­is­ter knew their son Ti­mothy’s killer had been granted pro­vi­sional pa­role.

“There’s a prob­lem with ethics which comes from the very top,” Mr Lang­broek said.

Mr Ryan yes­ter­day told the Bulletin he would con­tinue to take a strong stand on ethics re­gard­ing polic­ing.

“I take a ‘ zero tol­er­ance’ stance against cor­rup­tion and un­eth­i­cal prac­tices by QPS staff. I ex­pect our po­lice to act with in­tegrity and ac­count­abil­ity at all times,” he said.

“I have been briefed by the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner about this is­sue and he has as­sured me that mea­sures have been put in place im­me­di­ately to en­sure there is no im­pact on polic­ing in the Gold Coast re­gion.

“Th­ese mat­ters on the Gold Coast are the sub­ject of a Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“While there are on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions in re­la­tion to this mat­ter, I am un­able to com­ment fur­ther.”

HE EI­THER DOESN’T TAKE THE IS­SUE SE­RI­OUSLY OR HAS NO CON­CERN ABOUT MAIN­TAIN­ING LAW AND OR­DER FOR GOLD COAST FAM­I­LIES AND BUSI­NESS OWN­ERS TIM MANDER

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Terry Bor­land is on leave.

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