Palaszczuk government expresses ‘full confidence’ in Qld police commissioner
Palaszczuk’s government has backed the Queensland Police Commissioner as the actions of state cops come under scrutiny.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Police Minister Mark Ryan backed police officer Katarina Carroll on Saturday as part of a commission of inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence.
A spokesperson for Ms Palaszczuk told the Mail Mail the prime minister had ‘trust’ in Ms Carroll, with Mr Ryan also adding that he too had ‘full confidence’ in the commissioner.
Ms Carroll appeared before the inquest this week, where she acknowledged there was a significant problem of misogyny, sexism and racism within the Queensland Police Force, but did not believe it was widespread.
“The difficulty I have is what’s prevalent? Generalization is ingrained, it’s ingrained. It clearly implies that most people in the organization are like that,” he said. she stated.
“And I know most people in the organization aren’t like that.”
The inquest heard Deputy Commissioner Paul Taylor make an inappropriate remark during a speech at a police leadership conference earlier in the year.
Mr Taylor – who called a gynecologist friend a “vagina whisperer” – announced his “immediate resignation” on Friday afternoon.
“Yesterday an incident I was involved in at a conference came to the attention of the Commission of Inquiry into QPS’ responses to domestic and family violence,” he said in a statement.
“I am devastated by the impact this has had on the reputation of the Service, as it does not reflect my values or those of the organization.
“I never intended to offend anyone, and I am deeply sorry for the harm it has caused. I felt remorse immediately after the incident, and the commissioner told me addressed the issue shortly thereafter.”
Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni on Saturday called Mr Taylor’s remarks unacceptable.
“I heard the comments he made and I don’t think there’s a framework in which those kinds of comments are acceptable,” Mr de Brenni said.