In the two cases involved, the referrals were deemed “not valid” because the complaint was not passed to a particular officer, as the court found should occur under the law – dismissing the police appeal.
During the recent Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence, the disciplinary process came into sharp focus, with Commissioner Katarina Carroll agreeing a key plank of it – enabling managers to simply give “guidance” – was “broken”.
The inquiry also heard of a 2018 dossier compiled by senior women within the force in which one alleged she knew of five others who were raped in the job. Many perpetrators were not disciplined.
A bill passed by parliament last week contained changes to allow the automatic sacking of an officer sentenced to jail.