The Courier-Mail

Cop import is a ‘slap in the face’

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THE recruitmen­t of a Victorian to the upper echelons of Queensland’s police service has prompted the police union to brand it an insult to alreadydem­oralised local candidates.

Police Commission­er Ian Stewart announced a raft of changes yesterday, including the appointmen­t of five new assistant commission­ers and the reassignme­nt of three existing deputy commission­ers.

But Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers says the inclusion of current VicPol Assistant Commission­er Tracy Linford is a slight to the force’s existing staff.

“It is a slap in the face for all ... Queensland police,” he said. “I do not believe we need to import talent.” While he stressed he had no personal qualms about Ms Linford, Mr Leavers said the reshuffle would only further demoralise staff left “gobsmacked” by the changes. “Since the Fitzgerald inquiry, (morale) has never been lower,” he said.

Mr Stewart insisted the restructur­e would help the force tackle pressing issues such as terrorism, the so-called ice epidemic and domestic violence.

The Police Commisione­r also defended the recruitmen­t of Ms Linford, who has counter-terrorism experience, through a merit-based process.

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