Acting Police Commissioner Ian Stewart today acknowledged the sentencing of a former police officer on multiple assault charges.
Acting Commissioner Stewart said that while it was a difficult chapter in Queensland Police history, the QPS handling of the matter proved that there was no place in the QPS for such conduct. He said there was clear public interest in the release of the vision.
"As soon as this matter came to light the QPS acted swiftly to not only remove the then officer from duty, but to fully investigate the assaults and lay criminal charges," Acting Commissioner Stewart said.
"Disciplinary matters are ongoing in relation to other officers stationed at the Whitsundays at the time of the assaults.
"Five officers have resigned since the investigation commenced.
"The junior officer who reported the matter has been fully supported by the Service.
"Behaviour of the sort seen in this sorry case is not tolerated in the QPS, and officers have a clear obligation to behave professionally, ethically and with the highest integrity.
"Again, let me express our apologies to both the victims of the assaults, and to the general public.
"It is deeply regrettable this officer did not live up to the high standards we set for ourselves," Acting Commissioner Stewart said.
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