Top cops in tax­payer prop­er­ties

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

house,” a po­lice in­sider said. “They bought a canal home in the south­ern sub­urbs and are ren­o­vat­ing that home. Bor­land has a house be­side the river. This was part of his con­tract,” a po­lice source said.

A res­i­dent who lives near Chief Supt Bor­land’s rented mil­lion-dol­lar shack told friends the city’s top cop had been “miss­ing for weeks”.

The Bulletin re­vealed in Au­gust that both Supt Bor­land and Supt Sten­ner, after only re­turn­ing from leave, had sought an­other two-month ex­tended en­ti­tle­ment.

Chief Supt Bor­land has ex­ten­sive ru­ral prop­erty hold­ings west of the Sun­shine Coast where he was based be­fore ap­pointed to the Glit­ter Strip with Ip­swich-based Supt Sten­ner in 2015.

The Bulletin has cho­sen not to pub­lish photographs or re­veal lo­ca­tions of the prop­er­ties. The se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers did not re­turn calls yes­ter­day.

The QPS was yes­ter­day asked the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the hous­ing deals, how much rent had been paid and the op­er­a­tional costs.

In a state­ment, QPS said: “Both of­fi­cers were en­ti­tled at that time (of their trans­fer), given the pre­vi­ous cri­te­ria and their per­sonal cir­cum­stances, to ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­tated by the ser­vice.

“In the case of Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Bor­land, he was af­forded an ac­com­mo­da­tion al­lowance to as­sist in ob­tain­ing pri­vate ac­com­mo­da­tion (nonQPS hous­ing) con­ve­nient to his place of em­ploy­ment.

“Su­per­in­ten­dent Sten­ner was af­forded ac­cess to a QPSowned prop­erty as was be­fit­ting her role.

“Such ar­range­ments are in place in other ar­eas of the state. In the case of Su­per­in­ten­dent Sten­ner, who was very re­cently charged with crim­i­nal charges and was sub­se­quently sus­pended, her ac­cess to and use of a QPS-owned res­i­dence will now be sub­ject to re­view and fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion.”

QPS had 629 owned res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and 439 other prop­er­ties, which in­clude other gov­ern­men­towned res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and pri­vately leased ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“It should be noted due to per­sonal fam­ily re­la­tion­ships, there are cases where more than one QPS mem­ber re­sides in a QPS-owned or ac­cessed res­i­dence. The vast ma­jor­ity of premises oc­cu­pied by QPS per­son­nel are op­er­a­tional of­fi­cers be­low com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer level,” the QPS said.

“Other ques­tions con­cern­ing the ac­com­mo­da­tion en­ti­tle­ments and is­sues per­tain­ing to QPS mem­bers are mat­ters which are be­tween the em­ployee and their em­ployer and need to be treated with pri­vacy and dis­cre­tion.”

Supt Michelle Sten­ner.

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