The Courier-Mail

BLUE POLICE IN DESK SEX

Officers accuse colleagues of outrageous office romps

- PAUL WESTON

SEX on desks and in patrol cars, groping of policewome­n and taunting of gay officers is among the outrageous behaviour of some Gold Coast police, an internal review has been told.

Officers are rushing to complain to the inquiry, with one fifth of police in the Gold Coast district surveyed saying they do not believe the behaviour of their managers is up to scratch.

Assistant Commission­er Brett Pointing ordered the review to examine “cultural behavioura­l issues, bullying and homophobic behaviour”.

Sources close to key witnesses to the inquiry reveal the consultant­s will be told a desktop sex culture exists in at least two stations.

It will also be alleged some senior officers constantly put pressure on young constables, with a female officer “grabbed on the boobs” in the most recent incident.

The Courier-Mail can also reveal allegation­s two officers were caught on CCTV footage having sex in public but escaped with a “slap on the wrist”.

Some “cultural” incidents have spilt over into tribunals – with the AntiDiscri­mination Commission considerin­g a complaint by a constable after the word “gay” was placed beside his name on a roster.

So far more than 100 Coast officers have put up their hands to give statements to the independen­t Brisbane employee relations company contracted by the Queensland Police Service to conduct the review.

Spots for the daily taped interviews at the Surfers Paradise station are filling up, surprising the consultant­s and ensuring the review will extend until at least October.

The confidenti­al survey, a copy of which was obtained by

The Courier-Mail, shows one in five police are not happy about their superiors’ behaviour

Sources close to key witnesses at the inquiry reveal the consultant­s will be told that:

• A desktop sex culture exists in at least two stations and within one agency where police have had sex in their offices with their contacts, raising questions about favours being traded.

• Some senior officers are constantly putting pressure on young constables, with a female officer “grabbed on the boobs” in the most recent incident.

• Two officers were caught on a CCTV camera having consenting sex in public but escaped with a “slap on the wrist”.

• Graffiti in a stairwell close to a station identified an officer working there as a “faggot”.

• A senior officer and junior officer were discipline­d after having sex in a police car while on duty.

Lawyers assisting some of the complainan­ts suggest most of issues surround the Coolangatt­a, Palm Beach, Broadbeach and Southport stations.

“It shows an appalling management practice,” a police source said. “There’s a group inside and group outside culture.”

At least 43 per cent of officers surveyed rejected the assertion that “recruitmen­t and promotion decisions in this organisati­on are fair”.

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