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No place for racists: Police Minister, Commissioner flag zero tolerance policy


Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan and Commissioner Katarina Carroll have vowed there will be no place for racists in the force as investigations focus on the officers who made “abhorrent” racial slurs caught on leaked audio tape.

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Ryan and Carroll both described the secretly taped conversations as “abhorrent” during a media conference in Brisbane this morning, as both leaders continue to come under pressure from another scandal revealing further cultural problems within the Queensland Police Service.

Carroll said she had no intention of standing down in the wake of the secretly taped conversations leaked to media that involved Queensland police using racist language to describe Black detainees.

While Carroll said she was determined to stay in her role and complete her “reform agenda” of the Queensland Police Service, she indicated officers caught behaving badly would find no safe haven within the force she leads.

“All good people, which predominantly work in my agency want the same outcomes, but those who don’t align with that, those who are racist, sexist and misogynistic, you are in the wrong place, you should not be in our organisation,” she said.

“We are doing a lot of work, to go back into all of the cases, to make sure we pick up on any instances that may have fallen through the gaps and to ensure all issues that need to be addressed get addressed.”

Ryan said Carroll  had his full support, after he received the recordings from a whistleblower on October 14 and next business day referred the matter to the QPS for investigation, who have now advised the matter is being assessed by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

He also backed her intention to clean out any officers found to be at odds with the values and standards the community expects of its police.

“The behaviour of these officers is totally abhorrent and inconsistent with my experience of the high standards of the Queensland Police Service,” he said.

“Those people shouldn’t be part of the organisation, but there needs to be an investigation that identifies who they are and to allow people the proper process around natural justice.”

The latest events overshadowed today’s announcement that the Queensland Government will double the number of mobile police beats to 50 across the State within five years.

The plan was unveiled as communities in north Queensland remain the target of increased crime at the hands of young offenders.

Described as “police stations on wheels”, Ryan said the solar powered mobile beats were the way of the future, delivering a highly visible and highly mobile policing presence.

“We are already seeing great outcomes and great feedback from the community that have access to these resources with local police being more accessible and responsive to what the local area needs,” he said.


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