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Coroner’s calls over Queensland police shootings
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:37:30 PM »

Coroner’s calls over Queensland police shootings

QUEENSLAND’s top coroner has recommended specific training for police officers on how to deal with people suffering from mental health issues after examining a spate of police shootings.

The deaths of Anthony Young, Shaun Kumeroa, Laval Zimmer, Edward “Wayne” Logan and Troy Foster were examined by State Coroner Terry Ryan after they were fatally shot in separate police incidents between August 2013 and November 2014.

Mr Ryan has already handed down his findings in relation to each death clearing officers of any wrongdoing, but this morning he made 19 recommendations as part of an investigation into wider issues facing police and the public.

Mr Ryan recommended that mental health training be retained as a “core component” for recruits and first-year constables.

He also said the hours of operation for mental health clinicians embedded within the Brisbane Communications Centre should be extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mr Ryan praised the introduction of body-worn cameras, and said funding should continue until all frontline officers were equip with one.

“The (body-worn camera) project is of much benefit to the QPS and is of overall benefit to the criminal justice system,” he said in his findings.

“The footage caught by body-worn camera as will ultimately result in the increased early resolution of criminal charges brought by police and complaints against police, resulting in fewer matters proceeding to court.”

Mr Zimmer’s mother attended court this morning.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/coroners-calls-over-queensland-police-shootings/news-story/aacf4bb556721b56983b6b10f2ae3f27
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