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Queensland Police: Extent of bullying revealed amid compensation claims

QUEENSLAND police employees have made dozens of claims for compensation amid allegations of workplace bullying.

Documents released under Right to Information reveal at least 82 claims involving allegations of negative workplace behaviours and bullying in the Queensland Police Service have been made to WorkCover since January, 2013.

There was about one claim made every fortnight in 2013 and 2014, but that figure has since declined.

Police Union president Ian Leavers said his organisation had received “many reports” of negative workplace behaviours in recent years and suggested some bullied officers might be hesitant to come forward.

“While some police report bullying in the workplace, most police are reticent to come forward and make a complaint because of the perception it could affect their careers and limit their chance for promotion or cause reprisals against them,” he said.

“Often police in senior positions engage in bullying behaviours because they themselves are suffering PTSD or some other type of illness caused by policing itself so we are working hard to break the cycle.”

Mr Leavers said the union and the QPS were trying to address the issue through a strategy focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of officers and their families.

“For the first time, officers and their families are being consulted about what they believe is required to ensure their psychological wellbeing, and a strategy will be developed based on their feedback,” he said.

A spokesman for the QPS conceded any incident of negative workplace behaviour was concerning and insisted employees were encouraged to raise any issues involving bullying or harassment.

“With more than 15,000 officers and staff, the QPS is a large and diverse workforce and from time to time negative workplace behaviours will arise, however, are not tolerated,” he said.

The spokesman said the WorkCover figures indicated claims involving allegations of workplace bullying and negative behaviours had declined over the past five years and that QPS strategies had made an impact.

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