Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says every organisation has issues to deal with and the police service is no different.
Queensland’s premier has defended the state’s police service after a senior detective was charged with abuse of office.
A Gold Coast detective who investigated the so-called Surfers Paradise sniper shooting has been accused of threatening and intimidating a witness.
On Thursday, the officer was ordered to appear in court by the Crime and Misconduct Commission, three days after accused shooter Rick El Masri was acquitted of attempted murder.
A formal complaint was reportedly lodged by Mr El Masri’s girlfriend, who has told The Courier-Mail she was persecuted by police who were trying to extract a confession.
Earlier this week, another Gold Coast police officer was stood down over a car chase that injured three, while two officers from Mackay remain suspended on rape charges.
Premier Campbell Newman says he’s concerned about the cases but they don’t reflect on the police service as a whole.
“Overall we have over 10,000 dedicated men and women in the blue uniform who are doing a great job protecting us,” he told reporters on Friday.
“We have a police internal investigations unit, we also have a CMC that provides ongoing oversight of the police.
“Every organisation has these issues to deal with on occasions.
“I know the commissioner will make sure that the community’s confidence in the Queensland police service is upheld.”
The detective charged with abuse of office is still on duty and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 30.