Assistant Commissioner tells of 'significant' cultural issues within Queensland police force impacting domestic violence response
Queensland's most senior domestic violence officer tells a state-wide inquiry there are "significant" cultural issues within the police force that impact how officers respond to call-outs.The commission of inquiry, which began on May 30, is examining the police response to domestic and family violence cases.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll is set to give evidence about the force's culture at an inquiry into domestic violence. © Darren England/AAP PHOTOS Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll is set to address the domestic violence inquiry.
The Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence has recently been criticised by campaigners and legal experts for not calling the state's top police officer to give evidence.
Judge Deborah Richards is due to hold hearings on Mount Isa this week, but the inquiry says Ms Carroll and state Under Treasurer Leon Allan will give evidence at a special hearing in Brisbane on Thursday.
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"Commissioner Carroll will be asked to address capability, capacity and structure of the QPS to respond to DFV and cultural issues within the QPS in relation to domestic and family violence, while Under Treasurer Allen will be asked to address funding models for the QPS in relation to domestic and family violence," the inquiry said in a statement on Monday.
Campaigners have also criticised the inquiry for not questioning Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers and Police Minister Mark Ryan.
Mr Leavers has made a written submission in which he argued there was no cultural problems in the force, and any failures were likely due to officer workloads.
Last week, international social justice campaigner David Singh voiced reservations about the outcomes of the inquiry when there was a "canteen culture" in the force that failed to condemn racist, homophobic and sexist comments.
He feared any findings and recommendations would be met with a mixed response by police, and a cultural shift could be difficult to sustain without a long-term commitment to funding change and training.
The inquiry was ordered in response to Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce recommendations earlier this year. Ms Richards is due to hand down her final report on October 4.
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