Six Queensland police officers accused of domestic violence within two weeks, the investigation reported

Six Queensland police officers accused of domestic violence within two weeks, the investigation reported

Six Queensland police officers accused of domestic violence within two weeks, the investigation reported

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The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission received six complaints related to domestic violence against police officers within two weeks of allowing such matters to be treated as corruption rather than misconduct, an investigation was reported.

One officer was charged with strangulation and rape against them, while another allegedly had access to material on child exploitation, the Queensland Police Response Commission to Inquiry into Domestic Violence heard on Monday.

Elizabeth Foulger, executive director of integrity services at the CCC, told the investigation that these two issues have been referred to the Queensland Police for consideration, subject to public interest review.

The investigation learned that the CCC received the six complaints over a two-week period in June and two were classified as alleged corrupt conduct and four were classified as alleged misconduct.

The CCC reviewed its policies in June to classify domestic violence by police officers involving a serious criminal offense – such as rape, strangulation, assault and stalking – as corruption.

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Previously, these offenses were classified as corrupt conduct only if an officer committed them while on duty, Foulger said.

Foulger told the inquiry that it was a “mistake” not to view domestic violence perpetrated by police officers as corruption when the agency reviewed its police policies last September.

His presentation to the investigation said that such behavior demonstrates a disregard for public safety and the laws that the police are required to comply with, as well as an inability to investigate issues of domestic violence impartially.

Commissioner Deborah Richards also asked police for the “disturbing” comments on domestic violence revealed by Guardian Australia on Sunday.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is investigating the social media posts, which were posted on a private Facebook group for law enforcement personnel.

The posts belittled victims of domestic violence and implied that officers purposely avoid responding to such incidents.

Sergeant David Nixon, of the QPS Ethical Standards Command, told the investigation that the Brisbane district north of the military was investigating the locations.

A spokesperson for the QPS said that “member identification and location will be part of the investigation”.

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The survey also learned that 70% of domestic and family violence reports on QPS members since 2017 have not led to further action by the Ethical Standards Command.

The data shown at the investigation indicated that a similar proportion of reports for all alleged offenses did not lead to further action.

“A number of circumstances cannot lead to further action,” Nixon said.

“It could be… the officer has been exonerated of any involvement. He may have been frivolous and vexatious or there was no information to support that it was misconduct. “

The QPS has previously said it “looks forward” to receiving the commission of inquiry’s recommendations and is “supporting” officers to testify at public hearings.

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