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 on: December 12, 2017, 08:18:39 AM 
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Former cop Chris Hurley's penalty for assaulting a motorist reduced

Controversial former cop Chris Hurley’s penalty for assaulting a motorist he thought called him a “c---” has been reduced after a judge accepted a “direct link” between the offence and his post-traumatic stress disorder.

The former officer, who was acquitted of manslaughter over the 2004 death in custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji Doomadgee, failed to have the guilty findings on two charges of common assault overturned completely.

But District Court Judge Catherine Muir agreed the sentencing magistrate made a mistake in recording convictions for the crime, after taking into account Mr Hurley’s PTSD and potential difficulties finding work.

The guilty verdict stood but the convictions were no longer recorded.

On November 15, 2013, Luke Cole was in the back passenger seat of his housemate’s car when they drove past a crash on the Gold Coast’s Robina Parkway involving a Mercedes-Benz Kompressor.

“She’s compressed that,” the man said.

But then-Senior-Sergeant Hurley, standing at the accident, thought he heard the word “c---” coming from the car, according to agreed facts.

Mr Hurley jumped in a police car to give chase, driving “fairly quickly”, “changing lanes in and out of the heavy traffic” and driving closely behind the Falcon Mr Cole was in before he pulled over.

“The appellant’s behaviour in leaving a car accident because he thought someone had called him a 'c---', and pursuing the Falcon in the way that he did, was both irrational and erratic,” Judge Muir wrote.

“The entire situation was of the appellant’s own doing.

“It was unacceptable behaviour and revealed a lack of insight and measure by the appellant.

“His conduct was not fitting of a police officer of his long standing. He was an angry man.”

Consultant psychiatrist James Dodd gave uncontested evidence of a “direct causal link” between Mr Hurley’s behaviour and his PTSD, which Dr Dodd submitted was “contributed to” by the death in custody inquiry and subsequent legal cases.

The officer, weighing some 24 kilograms more than Mr Cole, asked the man to get out of the car, which he eventually did.

It was agreed Mr Hurley grabbed him by the throat, later telling a trial the man was “coming at me in the manner that made me feel unsafe” and he saw “aggression and anger in his face”.

But Mr Cole’s friends said the officer was at the car door, shoving the man up against the vehicle, as soon as he got out, evidence which the originally magistrate preferred, although he did not support allegations Mr Hurley kicked and punched the other man.

On appeal, Judge Muir rejected arguments from the former officer’s defence, including that that he may himself have been assaulted or thought he was assaulted.

But she did take into account a “direct causal link” between the assault and the PTSD, Mr Hurley’s seeking of treatment for the disorder and the difficulty the former officer would have finding a job with convictions recorded.

“The relevant features in this case are the appellant’s lack of criminal history, his long service as a police officer and that there is at least a real possibility that the recording of convictions may have an impact on his prospects of finding employment,” she wrote in a judgment published on Friday.

“In all of the circumstances of this case, I consider that convictions ought not to be recorded.”

A $900 fine remained.

Mr Hurley is also appealing a guilty finding made against him in July for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, which saw an $800 fine and six-month licence suspension but no conviction recorded.

Hurley was fined $500 earlier this year for assaulting a former female colleague while she was on patrol at a Gold Coast shopping centre.


 on: December 08, 2017, 07:58:06 AM 
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THE decision by the Gold Coast’s top cop not to pursue misconduct charges against an officer who allegedly leaked confidential data to a bikie has been successfully challenged by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

The alleged offence, reviewed by Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd, involves providing confidential police photos to a bikie over the theft of a Harley Davidson motorbike at Beenleigh in 2014.

The CCC has been successful in getting new evidence ­admitted to reopen the case.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal also ruled the CCC could review Assistant Commissioner Codd’s handling of the case in a disciplinary hearing two years after the theft.

Detective Sergeant Dean Godfrey has been accused of providing details of the motorcycle thief to a bikie gang member, leaving the family of the defendant fearing for their safety.

The CCC will now consider an affidavit sworn by Det Sgt Godfrey in May 2014.

“The motorcycle was stolen from an alleged member of a (named criminal motorcycle gang),” the affidavit reads.

“The defendant’s relatives, with whom he lived were aware the motorcycle was stolen from the (criminal motorcycle gang) member and are in further fear of retribution as a result of the defendant’s ­offending.”

Assistant Commissioner Codd yesterday told the Bulletin he was unaware of Det Sgt Godfrey’s affidavit.

“I made the decision ­properly and regarding the ­evidence before me at the time,” he said.

“If there is additional ­evidence, that should be ­considered.”

The CCC had to apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to have the evidence allowed as a part of new investigations.

Det Sgt Godfrey told the tribunal his affidavit was irrelevant because it related to information provided by the defendant’s family, not what he knew at the time.

The QCAT decision comes after 15 officers were this week referred by the CCC for internal investigations for alleged bullying and the fudging of crime data.

Neither Assistant Commissioner Codd or Det Sgt ­Godfrey were among those referred by the CCC.

Assistant Commissioner Codd yesterday said the matter before QCAT was over two-and-a-half years old and not related to the Gold Coast.

“The Gold Coast matters are not new and have been previously reported on over the last 18 months,” he said.

The CCC declined to comment as the matter is still before the tribunal.


 on: December 05, 2017, 08:59:14 PM 
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More than 30 corruption, misconduct complaints against Gold Coast police made to CCC

A total of 33 complaints were made to the Crime and Corruption Commission during the first half of 2017, accusing 15 senior Gold Coast police officers of corruption and misconduct.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the CCC said the accusations included senior police bullying and intimidating other officers to "achieve 'aspirational' performance targets".

Those officers who supported such harassment were then given "preferential treatment in recruitment processes and career development opportunities".

Regarding the complaints surrounding recruitment, the CCC has separately taken action against a senior Gold Coast officer and the matters have been taken before the Court.

Other allegations included a senior officer pressuring junior staff to manipulate crime data and those who refused were then subjected to bullying and victimisation.

The Queensland Audit Office identified some data anomalies and inappropriate practices in its investigation into the reports of data manipulation and the CCC alleges that the officers who assisted with the QAO inquiry were also bullied by senior officers.

However, the Queensland Auditor-General did not refer the matter to the CCC for further investigation and police have taken steps to rectify the data anomalies.

Complaints were also made alleging the Queensland Police Service failed to release information about a bikie brawl on the Gold Coast in December 2015, but the CCC said they had ruled out corruption or misconduct regarding these allegations.

The CCC said in a statement they found evidence to support the remaining claims regarding ongoing campaigns of bullying, victimisation and favouritism, reprisals, negative workplace behaviours and officers failing to properly report misconduct.

The outstanding allegations have been referred back to the Queensland Police Service and Commissioner Ian Stewart has been given the responsibility of follow-up investigations.


 on: December 01, 2017, 03:11:19 PM 
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Operation Papa Guardian boosts police presence on Queensland roads


 on: December 01, 2017, 12:11:15 PM 
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Police launch DayGlo bikes and gear

Queensland Police have today launched their new DayGlo yellow motorcycles and high-visibility motorcycle police jackets to “send a message”.

In launching Operation Papa Guardian for the summer, Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee says “high visibility on the road saves lives”.

“We make no apology for being highly visible,” he said.

Motorcycle police with the new DayGlo livery will patrol the Bruce, Warrego and Cunningham highways over summer “focusing on the Fatal Five”.

“We don’t want to give out tickets today,” he said.

“But we make no apology for enforcing the law.”

Police quotas

He rejected media claims that a police memo suggested that police performance would be measured on the number of tickets issued.

“Since the Fitzgerald Inquiry 30 years ago there has never been and never will be quotas,” he says.

“We would much prefer to prevent crime and make the community safer.”

He said the leaked memo sent to a major Brisbane station “needs to put into context” of management action.

New livery

The new livery motorcycles that replace the old orange bikes and the new jackets will serve a dual purpose of increasing visibility to other motorists of the presence of police and making the motorcycle police safer, says Road Policing Operation Inspector Peter Flanders.

“We had to strike a balance between workplace health and safety on reflective material and making the jackets protective for the rider,” he says.

The jackets were made by G-Moto by Glanda to special Queensland Police specifications.DayGlo Queensland Police

They replace hi-vis reflective vests that were worn over the previous black motorcycle jacket.

“So we can hop off the bike and don’t have to waste time putting on a reflective vest,” he says.

“If we had to give chase while wearing the vest, it would fly up in your face.”
Mandatory gear?

Road Policing Operation Inspector Peter Flanders

Peter says he would like to see riders follow the lead of the police and take responsibility for their own safety with proper motorcycle gear.

But should a minimum standard of riding gear, apart from helmets, be mandated as has been suggested by VicPol?

“In the ideal world yes, but whether we like it or not there is a civil rights issue,” Peter says.

“I’d prefer to see the motorcycle community promote it.”

He compared the use of safety riding gear to drink driving.

“After 30 years of campaigning, the community now thinks drink driving is bad. In the same way, I’d like to see the riding community view riding in shorts and thongs as bad.

“But these things need to be decided within the riding community not imposed from without.”

Bob seems more adamant about setting minimum gear standards.

“There are standards for vehicles, so why not for motorcycle riding gear?

“People need to think responsibly for their own safety,” he says.

Helmet camerasDayGlo Queensland Police helmet camera

Peter says they have spoken “at length” with Transport and Main Roads and studied the Australian Design Rules on helmets in relation to fitting action cameras.

He says they have no problem with small cameras fitted to helmets with clamps, velcro or adhesive, so long as no holes are drilled into the helmet to bolt on the camera.

“Everyone uses them,” he says. “We will take no action against anyone that uses them.

“We wear them for evidence and we quite often get evidence from motorcycle riders against themselves.”

Find out what to do if police ask for your SD card or camera.

Police motorcyclesDayGlo Queensland Police

Peter started riding police bikes in 1987 and has owned 28 bikes in his riding career.

“I have the best job in the world,” he says.

Peter says there are many advantage of using a motorcycle for traffic patrols.

“You can ride between the traffic and see people using phones and not wearing seatbelt and children unrestrained in cars,” he said.

“Motorcycle police have an aura about them that if you get pulled up you know it’s not going to be the best day of your life.

“So adjust your driving behaviour.”

Assistant Commissioner Michael Keating says the new DayGlo motorcycles would play an important part in traffic management for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Beware these radar units!

Check out the bikes on link

 on: December 01, 2017, 10:48:42 AM 
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Police officer stood down Northern Region

A 50-year-old constable from the Northern Region has been suspended from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.

An internal investigation is being conducted into allegations the officer engaged in inappropriate workplace behaviour and practices.

In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct.  This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.

Information about the Queensland Police Service Integrity framework can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/corporatedocs/reportsPublications/other/Documents/QPS-ESC-Integrity-Framework.pdf.

Information about compliments and complaints can be found at:https://www.police.qld.gov.au/online/ComplimentsandComplaints.htm


 on: December 01, 2017, 10:43:17 AM 
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Queensland police performance measured on number of tickets issued

POLICE performance will be measured on the number of tickets issued and arrests they make in a controversial move likened to the notorious “kill sheet” where quotas are set.

Officers at a major Brisbane station were told a “monthly performance sheet system” would be issued to “assist in identifying any shortfalls, failings or weaknesses” so they could be addressed before performance development reviews.

“At present I am looking at measuring performance against tasks, domestic violence incidents, full briefs, traffic tickets, street checks and so on,” the memo sent to staff at the station said.

Tasks more than three months old would require an explanation by the officer as to why it was not completed, the memo said.

“The sheet would also have facility for officers with little or no figures to provide an explanation as to what they have done for the month.”

The memo asked for feedback from officers as to what should be measured.

Police officers who spoke to The Courier-Mail likened the contents of the memo to the reintroduction of “kill sheets”, in which police were given targets or quotas.

“Policing, by its very nature, does not allow officers to be compared on a monthly basis to compare work performance (output) against their peers,” one officer said.

“Some managers need to familiarise themselves with their own policy, procedures and human resource guidelines before threatening staff with a poor grading at the end of a performance development and assessment cycle if their figures aren’t good.”

The Queensland Police Union has been caught in the middle of the debate with one of its members writing the memo.

QPU president Ian Leavers said the union repudiated the concept of quotas for arrests and infringement notices issued by police.
But he said in this instance the actions taken “appear to be reasonable management practices” with the union continuing to monitor it.

The Queensland Police Service did not respond to a list of questions about the memo but said the organisation supported reasonable management action and expected its members to perform to a high standard.
The review process provided a framework for individual performance management to be achieved through discussing, negotiating, planning, reviewing and documenting employee

progress towards achieving the objectives and standards required.

The memo follows one sent to a Brisbane traffic branch that suggested minimum ticket quotas during a trial of a new ticketing system.

“There is no hiding during this period,” the 2015 memo said.

“I would suggest a minimum of 10 tickets per shift/every shift (that is only one ticket every 48 minutes of your shift).”


 on: November 28, 2017, 10:50:47 AM 
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 on: November 17, 2017, 08:18:23 PM 
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 Police officer suspended, Northern Region

A 20-year-old female Constable from the Northern Region has been suspended from the Queensland Police Service.

The officer is facing allegations of misconduct in relation to inappropriately accessing and releasing information obtained from the Queensland Police Service computer system.

In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct. This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.

Information about the Queensland Police Service Integrity framework can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/corporatedocs/reportsPublications/other/Documents/QPS-ESC-Integrity-Framework.pdf
Information about compliments and complaints can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/online/ComplimentsandComplaints.htm

 on: November 11, 2017, 06:20:15 PM 
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Former cop on bond for biker assault

A former police who threw an object at a rider inflicting him to crash has been positioned on a six-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded.

The incident occurred when NSW Senior Constable Brett Rossiter (pictured above) was performing random breath assessments in Narwee, Sydney, on November 6, 2015.

When rider Paul Prepare dinner did not cease, Brett threw an object on the rider who then crashed and suffered minor accidents.

The incident was recorded on sprint cam and uploaded to YouTube but it surely has since been taken down.

Now you can view this previous report from Channel 7 which reveals the incident.

Paul was charged with unlicensed using and was suspended for 2 years.

He nonetheless desires to experience however says he’ll “do it the right manner this time”.

Brett, an officer for 16 years, has since resigned.

He stated it was not intentional act as the article fell out of his hand.

NSW Police say there was no chase concerned.

The cost of “deliberately throw object at automobile / vessel – danger security” has a most imprisonment for 5 years beneath the NSW Crimes Act.

The matter has been circulating within the courts since 2015.

It was this week resolved within the Downing Centre District Court docket with Brett receiving a six-month good behaviour bond.

Video on Link...

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