QPS responds to CCC report

Disciplinary action has been taken against three people in relation to a Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into Queensland police recruiting processes.

Two Queensland Police Service (QPS) employees and a Public Safety Business Agency employee have been suspended as part of an internal disciplinary process. Another person identified in the report has since left the QPS.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the QPS accepted the CCC report tabled today and would implement all recommendations as a matter of priority.

“The QPS became aware of concerns around recruiting practices following a change of leadership at our executive level and the concerns were immediately reported to the CCC in November 2019,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“We have fully cooperated with the CCC investigation.

“The conduct alleged in this report is completely disappointing and can I reassure the public that this alleged behaviour does not meet the standards or expectation of our Queensland Police officers and dedicated staff.”

The CCC has advised there is insufficient evidence for any criminal prosecutions.

Commissioner Carroll said the report identifies six women, who while they did not meet the initial minimum standards to enter the academy, each of these women graduated from the Queensland Police Academy meeting all the required standards to become a Queensland police officer.

“While the CCC report identifies that this misconduct ceased in January 2018, I have asked Assistant Commissioner Charysse Pond to conduct a complete review of the QPS recruitment practices to strengthen transparency and to ensure this does not happen again.

“I am committed to independent, transparent and impartial entry testing for all prospective police recruits.

“When I was sworn in as Commissioner, I said that while it is important to be inclusive and diverse, we should always take the best possible applicants regardless of their gender or ethnicity.

“The public as well as our own police officers rightly expects no favours or preferential treatment for any applicant,” Commissioner Carroll said.

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