Union seeks blind system to end jobs for the boys
have all applications for promotions and transfers de-identified so that each application would be dealt with on its merits,” secretary Mick Barnes wrote in the union journal.
QPU president Ian Leavers told The Courier-Mail that the QPS put up roadblocks to any idea it didn’t agree with and the best person for the role should always get the job.
“I am simply advocating for a trial of a blind application process for promotion and even that has been rejected by the police service,” he said.
Mr Barnes said that there were “outstanding individuals” within senior ranks, but analysis was needed as to why people were leaving the Queensland Police Service (QPS) prematurely.
“I’ve been involved with the QPS now since 1982 and I would best describe the current culture within the QPS as being rotten,” he wrote.
When asked further about the issue Mr Barnes told The Courier-Mail promotions should be given to the most meritorious person.
“You don’t need to go too far through the Fitzgerald In- quiry where one of the biggest issues has, and still is, the lack of confidence of filling of some positions where people within the tree of management seem to place people of similar ilk around them,” he said.
“You’ll never make a perfect system but to de-identify an application is a step in the right direction.”
A QPS spokesman said a re- view of the promotions system considered re-establishing the Central Convenor’s Unit as well as the possible trialling of a blind application system.
“The committee, including a QPU representative, agreed the reintroduction of CCU was not a realistic option at that time and instead opted to progress with regional panel training and associated support mechanisms which were implemented by the QPS,” a statement said.