Statements from Queensland Government and Police

Statements from the QLD Police and Government regarding our story about the identity of a victim of domestic violence being leaked.

Statement from a Spokesperson for the Queensland Police Minister

What happened to this person is disturbing, but thankfully very rare and lessons have been learned to make sure it never happens again.

The Queensland Police Service advises that after an investigation overseen by the Crime and Corruption Commission, the officer concerned was disciplined.

The Palaszczuk Government treats all reports of domestic and family violence and breaches of domestic violence orders seriously, and is committed to fully investigating each matter.

Th Queensland Police Service has issued a directive to all staff about the appropriate use of police information and all members have been advised that breaching such policy would be considered misconduct.

Anyone who is unsatisfied with the level of service provided by investigating police can make a compliant to the QPS for formal review.

Queensland Police Service Media Statement

This matter was referred to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) in June 2016 and investigated by officers from Ethical Standards Command, with oversight by the CCC.

As a result of the internal disciplinary process the officer received a reduction in pay point.

It is important to understand that the financial implications of a reduction in pay point is significant – often greater than a sentence that could be imposed by a court.

A senior officer conducted a review of the matter which was then referred to the CCC for overview.

In 2016, QPS management issued a directive to all staff, both sworn and unsworn, about the appropriate use of police information and members were advised that breaching such policy would be considered misconduct.

The QPS has implemented a renewed internal focus on the appropriate access and use of information to reflect organisational and community expectations.

The QPS treats all reports of domestic and family violence and breaches of domestic violence orders seriously and is committed to fully investigating each matter.

Our first priority will always be the wellbeing of victims of domestic and family violence and the QPS works closely with support agencies to ensure they are supported through the legal process.

All QPS members are required to comply with the Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service, the QPS Standard of Practice and Procedural Guidelines for Professional Conduct.

Anyone who is unsatisfied with the level of service provided by investigating police can make a complaint to the QPS for formal review.