Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek
LNP’s Call For Police Discipline Overhaul Supported By CMC
Victor P Taffa
The LNP’s Call to Overhaul the Police Discipline Process was today backed by the Crime and Misconduct Commission who criticised the ‘limitations and failings’ of the current system.
State Opposition and LNP Leader John-Paul Langbroek said today’s CMC Report recommending a strengthening of the Queensland Police Service’s Discipline System came five months after the LNP announced its Policy.
Under the LNP’s Plan to Improve the Police Discipline Process:
- All investigations into complaints against Police must be finalised within a month;
- All reports and proposed disciplinary actions would be provided to both the complainant and the Officer or Officers within 14 days of an investigation’s conclusion;
- A disciplinary hearing against a Police Officer must be held within 14 days of the report being finalised;
- Any Police Officer could only be stood down for 14 days before action was taken;
- A Third Deputy Police Commissioner would be responsible for Discipline and Public Confidence in the Queensland Police Service;
- No Police Officer would be suspended indefinitely.
Mr. Langbroek said the CMC Report echoed many of the LNP’s concerns, stressing the need for the Police Discipline System to be ‘simple, effective, transparent and strong.’
“We welcome the belated release of today’s CMC report into police discipline. We will consider it carefully and consult with stakeholders about the effectiveness of the CMC’s proposed changes.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“I am concerned though that the CMC Report appears to brush over the key issue of the delay in finalising complaints, which is a concern for both Police and the Public.”
“Too often complaints against Police bounce backwards and forwards between the Queensland Police Service and the Crime and Misconduct Commission, taking forever to be resolved.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“The starkest example was the disciplinary case involving Six Elite Police Officers involved in a buck’s party incident which took a year to finalise.”
“Complaints against Police shouldn’t be taking more than a year to be resolved and Police shouldn’t be off duty for months on end waiting for an investigation to be finalised. If action is necessary it should be taken and taken quickly.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“Similarly, if a complaint is dismissed and no action is needed, that too needs to be resolved quickly so the Police Officers involved can get on with the job of protecting the community.”
“The Queensland Public must have confidence in their Police Service and the complaints process, and equally Police Officers want and deserve a disciplinary system that is fair, just and accountable.” Mr. Langbroek said.