Tessa Mapstone

Corruption watchdog eyes how police investigate their own

THE State's corruption watchdog has the Queensland Police Service in its sights, particularly how it deals with allegations involving excessive use of force, with claims some officers have escaped prosecution because of delays in dealing with complaints.

New Crime and Corruption Commission head Alan MacSporran used his first appearance in front of the CCC's parliamentary oversight committee to highlight the need for reform within the police disciplinary system as a whole.

Mr MacSporran, who had previously said disciplinary proceedings against police would be a focus of his, said the CCC had "concerns" about how the QPS investigates its staff following complaints "for some time", and had monitored how the service deals with its complaints, finding a number of "issues" which had not been addressed.

"For some time now the CCC has had concerns about the way the Queensland Police Service investigates complaints about excessive use of force. We have also had concerns about the police discipline system more broadly.

"The CCC monitors how the Queensland Police Service investigates the most serious complaints of excessive use of force."

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