Police to miss hatchet savings

QUEENSLAND'S Police Service may not see a cent from money saved through the axing of 110 highly ranked officers.

The commissioned officers, including seniors from the Sunshine Coast, will be cut as part of a major restructure of the service.

At a press conference in Maroochydore yesterday, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart could not say where money saved through the redundancies would be spent, only that they could be redirected into other services.

"I suspect the government would want to take those savings and use them in a way that provides services across Queensland," Commissioner Stewart said.

"Whether they are policing services across Queensland, I don't know yet because that discussion is ongoing."

All commissioned officers across the state and 212 administrative staff have been offered the redundancy package.

The cuts have been made as part of a major restructure of the service, with the state's eight police regions being reduced to five and districts cut from 31 to 15.

The Maroochydore regional office will be closed, along with offices in Cairns and Mt Gravatt.

Commissioner Stewart said the cuts were aimed at reducing bureaucracy and delivering a more efficient service to the community.

The new structure will be in place by July 1.


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