Union seeks blind sys­tem to end jobs for the boys

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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.

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