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 on: April 27, 2017, 10:12:16 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Top watchdog slams Gold Coast police culture of cover-ups and dodgy stats

GOLD Coast cops were pressured into fudging crime figures, according to a scathing report by the Auditor General.

The State Opposition called for a review into allegations officers were pressured to manipulate crime data after a report by the Gold Coast Bulletin in late January.

A probe by the Auditor General into the reliability of data from the criminal justice system released to State Parliament yesterday focused on shonky crime reporting on the Glitter Strip.

“In the district we examined in detail — the Gold Coast district — we found governance over crime data is poor,” the report said.

“Unclear guidance and inadequate understanding of data classification rules contributed to errors and inconsistent classification of offences. Additionally, officers’ inappropriate practices in this district of altering crime data statistics have gone unnoticed or unchallenged at senior levels.

“Gold Coast staff reported that an unhealthy focus on achieving performance targets, rather than data quality, has contributed to these results.”

Police insiders say the findings mean the public is being misled about crime rates. They say providing a better picture of clearance rates robs the Coast of gaining more officers.

The Auditor General found the Gold Coast district had the highest number of offences withdrawn between 2010—11 and 2015—16 compared with any other Queensland Police Service district.

Officers in the Gold Coast district employed methods aimed at having victims withdraw their complaints, including:

* Soliciting victims to withdraw complaints.

* Sending victims letters requiring them to respond within seven days or police will “presume”

the victim wants no further action and will withdraw the complaint.

* Adopting a three strikes policy, where if they cannot contact victims after three attempts, they

change the complaint to withdrawn.

These complaints relate to offences, including assault both serious and less serious, burglary, stealing, and wilful damage offences.

The Auditor General identified practices in the Gold Coast district of police incorrectly changing the status of reports from unsolved to unfounded.

“These practices are not in accordance with the national crime recording standard or the Queensland Police Service’s definitions of unfounded. This results in these offences being excluded from the reported crime rate, which reduces the reported unsolved crime rate,” the report said.

Senior Coast police have been under pressure from the Government after the region recorded a 66 per cent increase in assaults, according to crime data released in December last year. The overall crime rate officially rose nearly 30 per cent.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said he had been assured all recommendations had been implemented by the QPS.

“This report cannot be sugar coated — there are areas that need improvement and there has already been some moves to address those issues raised in the report,” he said.

“In particular, we have done a lot on the Gold Coast over the past couple of years around police culture.

“We have had a new leadership team put in and we have also conducted a review into the cultural challenges on the Gold Coast which we have acted on.”

Opposition spokesman for police Tim Mander called for Mr Ryan to come clean about the true crime situation.

“It’s also a great concern that Gold Coast policing is under the microscope, for all the wrong reasons,” he said.

“Reports about victims being encouraged to withdraw complaints and specific under-reporting issues on the Gold Coast also fundamentally erode confidence in the system — something which is unfair to the thousands of men and women in blue who have a difficult enough job as it is.”

He said QPS leadership had serious questions to answer.

QPS Commissioner Ian Stewart said all anomalies identified during an audit of reports that had been classified as unfounded or withdrawn had been corrected.

“A detailed investigation into the finalisation of crime reports specifically on the Gold Coast was also undertaken by the Ethical Standards Command,” he said.

“No systemic inappropriate behaviour was detected.”

Mr Ryan said he expected the highest standards from all police and urged anyone who had felt their complaint had not been handled correctly to call Policelink on 131 444 or the Crime and Corruption Commission.

“I have also asked the Police Commissioner for regular updates on improvements to the QPS’s governance and quality assurance systems that are aimed at improving crime reporting quality and accuracy,” he said.

Mr Ryan said $8.4 million had been allocated to establish an independent body to collate and analyse crime statistics.


 on: April 26, 2017, 06:35:00 PM 
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Queensland police 'soliciting' victims to withdraw complaints in bid to cut crime rate, report finds

Police are "soliciting" victims to withdraw complaints in an effort to keep a lid on rising crime rates, Queensland's auditor-general has found.
Key points:

    The report found officers tried a range of methods to get victims to withdraw complaints
    This included sending victims letters, if they did not respond, police would "presume" the complaint was withdrawn
    The ABC revealed this year crime reports were being kept off the books

The auditor's report says pressure from the police hierarchy to cut crime rates has left the Queensland Police Service (QPS) "open to claims of manipulation".

The ABC revealed in January that two police crime managers on the Gold Coast had raised concerns legitimate crime reports were being labelled "unfounded" to keep offences off the books.

Their allegations were passed onto the Queensland auditor-general after their superiors failed to act on their complaints.

In a report about criminal justice data tabled in Parliament, the Audit Office said police crime statistics were "questionable at best and unreliable at worst, and should be treated with caution".

The report focused on the Gold Coast police district, finding officers there used various methods to try to get victims to withdraw their complaints.

The methods included "soliciting victims to withdraw complaints" and sending victims letters requiring them to respond within seven days.

If they failed to respond, police would "presume" they wanted the complaint withdrawn.

The complaints related to offences including assault, burglary, stealing and wilful damage.
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"Our analysis of statewide crime statistics indicates that the inappropriate practices and attitudes identified on the Gold Coast regarding changes to crime data are unlikely to be isolated to that district," the report stated.

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan told the ABC inappropriate police conduct would be investigated.

    "I would say to anyone who feels like they've been inappropriately contacted by police to let us know. There is a complaints process," he said.

"We expect the highest standards, the very highest standards from our Queensland police.

"If there are shortcomings in those behaviours in respect of any aspect of their role, then those shortcomings will be investigated and we will hold those officers to the highest standards."

The latest QPS crime figures reveal the rates of assault, fraud, robbery and unlawful entry on the Gold Coast in 2016 rose from the year before.

Police detective turned criminologist Terry Goldsworthy believes the concerns raised by the auditor-general should be referred to the state's Crime and Corruption Commission.

"It's not just the fact it's sloppy bookkeeping. What's seen here suggests there's been deliberate manipulation. In other words, a process has been undertaken to mislead," he said.

 on: April 26, 2017, 04:11:09 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Queensland crime statistics mismanaged by police

CRIME statistics across the state are “questionable at best and unreliable at worst” according to a scathing audit of police data.

The Queensland Audit Office report released today has investigated how crime data is being mismanaged by police as they chase clearance targets instead of accuracy.

This includes inappropriately reclassifying a complaint as unfounded rather than unsolved.

“Over recent years questions have been raised in Queensland about the accuracy and reliability of reported crime statistics,” the audit states.

“The Queensland Police Service has an unacceptable amount of crime data across the state that is incomplete, inaccurate and wrongly classified.

“As a result, reported crime statistics are questionable at best and unreliable at worst, and should be treated with caution.”

It has recommended a list of changes to produce more accurate data on the crime rate for the state.


 on: April 25, 2017, 09:03:56 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Six police officers have been charged with criminal offences in the past week across NSW, with a total of 11 officers charged in April.

The run of charges began at 3am on Good Friday when an off-duty constable on a motorcycle allegedly ran a red traffic light.He allegedly led police on a pursuit through the streets of Eastwood in Sydney that reached speeds of 120km/h in a 50km/h zone.

Police stopped him on a pedestrian lane way in the neighbouring suburb of Denistone and arrested him. He was later charged with two counts of failing to stop at a red light and one count of initiating a police pursuit, under Skye's Law.

On the same day, police laid extra charges against a Port Macquarie policewoman, accused her of assaulting and resisting a police officer during the execution of their duties.

Senior Constable Kylie Anne Williams has since pleaded guilty to a mid-range drink-driving charge but has yet to enter a plea to the other charges relating to the same night.

The 38-year-old mother was caught drink driving on Byng Street in Orange about 10:30pm on March 24 and allegedly assaulted and resisted a police officer.

Her case has been adjourned for mention in June.

On Thursday, a male probationary constable was charged with stalking and intimidating in the Hunter region. The day before, a male senior constable officer was charged with urinating on a fence near a busy intersection in Sydney's south.

A male senior constable was charged on April 17 with the aggravated rape of a 10-year-old girl. The 40-year-old was given a court attendance notice at work and remains free on bail until his court appearance at Goulburn Local Court in June.

A NSW Police media spokesman said it was always a concern when a police officer was charged with criminal offences.

"No police officer is exempt from the law,'' he said. "The fact that officers are charged and put before the courts is an indication NSW Police officers are not above the law.

"Further, the NSW Police Force issues a media release whenever an officer is to be put before the courts, in the interests of transparency. Officers who lose the commissioner's confidence are dismissed from the organisation."


April 24 A male constable was charged with allegedly breaching an apprehended violence order and public mischief near Maitland in March.

April 24 A male probationary constable was charged with stalking and intimidation after a domestic-related incident in the Hunter region in March. 

April 23 A male senior constable officer was given a court attendance notice for offensive behaviour after urinating on a fence near a busy intersection at Woolooware in Sydney's south

April 20 An off-duty police officer was charged with low-range drink-driving after he was stopped for a random breath test on the Princes Highway at Tempe.

April 18 A police officer charged with drink-driving in Orange had extra charges laid against her, including assaulting and resisting police.

April 18 An off-duty constable allegedly ran a red light before leading police on a pursuit through the streets of Eastwood.

April 17 A male senior constable was charged with aggravated sexual intercourse with a 10-year-old girl and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

April 11 A male senior constable was charged with making a false official instrument to pervert the course of justice (creating a false record).

April 11 A police officer was given a court attendance notice after an alleged assault.

April 2 A male senior constable was charged with making threatening phone calls to a private business and is expected to appear before a Sydney court.

April 1 An off-duty police officer was charged with low-range drink-driving after being stopped for a random breath test on Wentworth Park Road in Glebe.


 on: April 22, 2017, 01:00:32 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
IT’S impossible to catch out a good detective and Mick McGann was one of the best.

One of the first cops on the scene at the Milperra bikie massacre, he investigated the terrorist attack on the Israeli Consulate and Hakoah Club in Sydney, was shot in the leg and won a bravery award for chasing down a notorious bank robber while off duty recovering from his gunshot wound.

So when he applied for a hurt on duty pension, he was one step ahead again.

It’s hard to get a hurt on duty pension when you have spent most of your police career being stoic. Even today, putting your hand up to say you are suffering from anxiety of some sort can be met with the advice to go get drunk. Just last week one detective struggling to cope after being called to the Lindt Cafe terrorist siege revealed he was told “alcohol will get you through it.”

McGann had already tried that.

He limps and remains in constant pain with the .22 bullet still lodged in his left knee. He has been diagnosed by his own specialist with post traumatic stress disorder from his days in the force.

When Pillar, administrators of State Super, the trustee of the Police Superannuation Scheme, sent him to see a psychiatrist and an orthopedic specialist chosen by them, he was warned by another former senior police officer to ‘exercise extreme caution’.

The former superintendent, who had already been through the same examinations, told McGann to make sure that everything he said to the specialists was recorded.

“Careful Mick, they are going to verbal you,” the former superintendent warned.

McGann has admitted he turned up at their offices wearing a wire - and the outcome has exposed how supposedly “independent” police superannuation medical witnesses are omitting key information from reports used to block legitimate hurt on duty claims.

McGann, 61, who retired from the force as a senior constable in 1991, needs major reconstructive surgery on his left knee. The orthopedic specialist he saw on behalf of the police superannuation wrote in his report that McGann did not indicate any pain in his leg during the examination.

The taped consultation revealed McGann telling the specialist: “Yeah (it hurts) very much. Right, all the way up there. Ow. Sorry.”

Similarly, the psychiatrist he saw misquoted in his report a medical diagnosis of PTSD made by a police doctor after Mr McGann was shot.

The psychiatrist, who withdrew from the case when he discovered his examination had been taped, had been criticised in a previous court judgment as “showing reconstruction” in a similar report.

But locking up bikies is easier than combating bureaucracy.

McGann’s hurt-on-duty claim was knocked back last year and when he when he tried to access his file under freedom of information laws to discover why, some documents were refused and others, including his own hurt on duty reports, were redacted.

“It is an example of their incompetence,” Mr McGann said yesterday.

“All the police before me and all the police after me need to have a level playing field but these people hire the medical specialists who will give them the diagnoses they ask for.

“They did this as part of a concerted effort to continue to deny claims to police officers of my vintage.”

Records show that the former superintendent who warned McGann to watch his back also challenged the reliability of expert witnesses in court however he was awarded a pension.

McGann’s allegations are revealed in a statutory declaration tendered last month to the NSW Civil and Administration Tribunal where he is fighting to get access to the documents from Pillar.

NCAT member Stephen Montgomery told lawyers for Pillar that the onus was on them to prove why the documents should not be released.

“The fight has now been going on for over 2700 days, longer than World War 2, and I don’t see an end to it,” McGann said.

“It was great being in the police but it’s taking its toll now.”

Like many officers of his vintage, he faces the challenge of proving that he had PTSD at the time he resigned from the police, even though it can take years for sufferers to recognise it. Especially as most police have been trained to believe they are “six foot tall and bullet proof”.

The new Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has recognised the problem, talking about building resilience in officers to stave off PTSD.

McGann’s story is one of many as former officers find fighting an insurance company or State Super is as traumatic as the murders and bloodshed they saw on the frontline.

McGann became one of the most recognisable police faces at the 1984 Milperra massacre when, holding a shotgun, he walked onto the car park at the Viking Tavern behind negotiator John Garvey to talk the Bandido and Commanchero bikies into a truce with seven dead and 28 injured.

He was shot in 1987 and two weeks after returning to duty, had acid thrown over his back during a siege in an attack that ate away his police-issue revolver.

A year later he was given the highest award for bravery, the NSW Police Valour Award, after capturing an armed robbery wanted all over Australia while unarmed and off duty despite his injured knee collapsing during the chase.

He left the police as a senior constable in 1991 after 18 years’ service to take up other investigative work - none of it in frontline roles with the same risks as faced by a detective - but did not realise until 2009 that he could claim a police pension if he had been incapacitated after being hurt on duty.
McGann was diagnosed with PTSD in 2011. Picture: Adam Taylor

The psychiatrist who McGann consulted himself not only disagreed with Pillar’s psychiatrist’s diagnosis. He went further after listening to McGann’s secret tape.

“Having reviewed the recording of the interview with Mr McGann by (doctor) it would appear that the report is incomplete in regards to aspects of the history as provided by Mr McGann...it is difficult to ascertain exactly what documents (the doctor) had reviewed and where the information has from that let to the contents of his report,” McGann’s psychiatric expert reported.

“Having examined the structure and conduct of the interview, it is my opinion that ...has not adequately assessed all of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder to determine whether that diagnosis was or was not present.”

That psychiatrist also described McGann as appearing to have been a “highly motivated individual who has often overridden his own distress in order to keep functioning The physical impairments associated with (the leg) injury are intimately intertwined with his ongoing psychological symptoms.”

McGann was diagnosed with PTSD in 2011 and another orthopedic specialist has assessed him as having a 25 per cent permanent disability as a result of the gunshot wound.

“I can’t see that anyone can have faith in the integrity of the system,” he said.

“Where is the moral compass in all of this? These people (the specialists) didn’t know me so why did they not tell the truth?

“We were all too tough to complain when we were doing our jobs. There are a lot of people like me who were old school.

“Every time we stubbed a toe we didn’t go running to a doctor or a psychiatrist. We copped it on the chin and that now is a problem for officers of my vintage.”

Last year a senate inquiry heard allegations from the former chief medical officer of CommInsure, the Commonwealth Bank’s insurance division, that doctors were pressurised into changing their opinions and used outdated medical definition to deny claims.

“It seems to be across the board and now only confined to the police that people get the diagnoses they ask for,” McGann said.

Unlike Pillar and State Super, former officers like McGann do not have unlimited funds. He has already spent tens of thousands of dollars on expert reports and legal bills and he’s now trying to take on the bureaucracy himself.

Despite having its lawyers in the NCAT, Pillar directed all questions about the case to State Super, the trustee of the Police Superannuation Scheme.

A spokeswoman for State Super said it “has the highest regard for the Australian medical experts who provide services in this complex area and is confident that they discharge their duties in a professional and unbiased manner.”

Mr McGann’s freedom of information case returns to the tribunal on May 24.


 on: April 20, 2017, 12:37:57 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan and Acting Deputy Commissioner Paul Taylor announced the rollout of a new QLiTE capability that enables officers to capture Good Order offences as they happen.

Minister Ryan said following the roll out of the QLite by the Palaszczuk Government, officers across the state were now able to be more mobile when it comes to keeping Queenslanders safe.

“QLiTE is just one example of Queensland being a world leader when it comes to adopting innovative and effective technology,” Minister Ryan said.

“The QLiTE and these additional capabilities mean that our frontline staff spend less time behind their desks doing paperwork and more time in our communities keeping doing what they do best – keeping us safe.

“The Palaszczuk Government made a commitment to not only increase the number of police in our state but to ensure they had the resources they need to make their jobs easier and safer and that is exactly what we are delivering.”

Acting Deputy Commissioner Taylor said the new QOccurrences Good Order capability was currently being trialled on QLiTE devices in North Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns Safe Night Precincts.

He said the new capability would be rolled out to other districts from July 1 this year.

“Our officers equipped with QLiTE Devices will have the ability to issue banning notices and move on directions on the spot, and update the Queensland Police Service’s records systems immediately,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Taylor said.

“We’ve already seen a number of Good Order offences created on the program. These are occurrences that jeopardise the wellbeing of others or cause a public nuisance.”

Acting Deputy Commissioner Taylor said a police officer previously had to return to their station and document an offence to record it in QPS systems.

“The reporting delay could mean that if another officer came across the same offender, they may be unaware of the offence they committed earlier that day,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Taylor said.

“Now both repeat and first-time offenders can be identified as well as processed on-the-spot.”

State Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace welcomed the new capability to the QLiTE.

“Providing our police with this additional resource will mean police will be able to stay on the beat longer, particularly in the Safe Night Precincts such as here in Fortitude Valley,” Ms Grace said.

“I have always advocated for our community to be able to go out and enjoy a safe and fun night in our night hot spots and I am confident this new capability will assist our police in dealing with those doing the wrong thing faster and safer.”

Good Order offences in Safe Night Precincts can include public urination, disorderly and offensive behaviours, public drunkenness, violent alcohol-fuelled behaviours and damage to public property.

These applications provide real-time, in-the-field access to timely and accurate information.


 on: April 08, 2017, 07:34:55 PM 
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A COP accused of setting up his brother-in-law to take the fall for him in a minor traffic accident has been committed to stand trial over attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Sen-Constable Jamie MacKenzie faces up to 25 years in jail if a jury finds him guilty of the offence.

His committal came just hours after his brother-in-law Stephen Paterson pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Court documents reveal the off-duty policeman reversed his car into a woman’s vehicle at a Greensborough supermarket and drove off on Boxing Day, 2015.

The victim noted the car’s numberplate and police checks later identified Sen-Constable MacKenzie as the car’s owner.

Police allege when the Mill Park officer was contacted by a colleague, he falsely claimed Mr Paterson was the wheelman.

Mr Paterson backed up the story, handing over his licence and contact details.

Police became suspicious when a description given by the victim of the driver matched that of Sen-Constable MacKenzie.

CCTV footage captured of the incident later confirmed those suspicions.

When Professional Standards police placed Mr Paterson under arrest, he cracked and dobbed his brother-in-law in.

Sen-Constable MacKenzie later admitted to police he was indeed the driver and was fully aware Mr Paterson had falsely admitted to it.

But he denied ever telling police Mr Paterson was the driver, stating it was his decision alone to volunteer the information to police.

Mr Paterson told police the blame was his alone.

“I just believed I was helping somebody out — a brother, a family member,” he told police.

But Sgt Jacki Dixon told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court she was adamant the officer had blamed Mr Paterson.

“He told me the driver was his brother-in-law,” she said.

Sen-Constable MacKenzie has pleaded not guilty to the charge and other related offences and will front the County Court tomorrow.


 on: March 17, 2017, 09:02:31 AM 
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Gold Coast police under examination after the death of a man in a suspected drug death have denied colluding

A TEAM of elite Gold Coast cops have been accused of colluding with each other to fabricate a story after the death of a man at a Miami unit in 2015, a court has heard.

The suggestion made by barrister Philip Beale during a coronial inquiry into the death of Charlie Robertson yesterday was vehemently denied by Senior Constable Grant Watkins.

The senior constable was one of seven Rapid Action Patrol Group officers involved in an early-morning raid on a suspected Miami drug den on June 13, 2015 who discovered Mr Robertson on a bed in the unit.

“You’ve told the court that you thought he was in a really deep sleep at this time,” Mr Beale said.

“I suggest to you it was decided … he was ‘just pissed’.

“That’s what you all agreed to and you all put in your fabricated statements that you all did together.”

Senior Constable Watkins replied: “There was no discussion into that.”

Robertson allegedly died from a drug overdose hours after police were unable to rouse him early on the morning of the raid.

Officers claimed they thought the man was in a deep sleep and left him in the unit with three 16-year-old girls.

In cross examination at Southport Court yesterday, Mr Beale questioned the officer’s claims that Robertson had opened his eyes during the 2015 raid.

“It became part of the concoction that it should be suggested that he’d actually woken up,” Mr Beale said.

“No,” replied Senior Constable Watkins.

During a search under the bed Robertson was laying on, Senior Constable Watkins said he lifted the mattress high in the air to look underneath while another officer held Robertson so he did not fall.

Senior Constable Watkins said while his legs came off the bed, at no point did Robertson end up on the floor.

The court also heard from Senior Constable Ian Taylor who was the highest ranking officer in the 2015 raid and was demoted from the rank of Sergeant for a period of six months as a result of disciplinary inquiries made into Robertson’s death.

Senior Constable Taylor said that in the process of Watkins searching the bed, Robertson ended up on the ground.

The officer said he then instructed two officers to put Robertson back on the bed and leave him in a recovery position.

When asked by Mr Beale yesterday if they saw any blood on the inside of Robertson’s ear, both Senior Constable Taylor and Senior Constable Watkins said they did not.

The inquest continues today.


 on: March 14, 2017, 10:55:39 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Daemon
Seems pretty common amongst the filth nowadays.
Fucken hang the cunt up by the balls till he slowly rots.

 on: March 13, 2017, 06:55:50 PM 
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Police officer charged with possession of child exploitation material

A Tasmanian police officer has been charged by summons over the alleged possession of child exploitation material.

In a statement, Tasmania Police said a "senior constable from the southern region" had been suspended on full pay "while the matter [was] before the courts".

Police said the charge related to "three images".

In Tasmania, the law states child exploitation material is anything that a reasonable person would find offensive, that depicts a person under 18 engaged in sexual activity or as "the subject of torture, cruelty or abuse [whether or not in a sexual context]".

The definition of material "includes any film, printed matter, electronic data and any other thing of any kind [including any computer image or other depiction]".

The male officer will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on May 12.


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