Police union concerned about restructure in the Highlands
FRONT-LINE police officers have lost faith in Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart following an announcement districts will be reshuffled across the state.
Queensland Police Union assistant general secretary Denis Sycz said officers were concerned about how the massive restructure would affect ability to respond to community calls for service.
"We don't know yet how this will affect police and the community in central Queensland and the Central Highlands," he said.
"However now that the commissioner and the State Government are looking at changing legislation to make it easy to sack police, this is an abuse of power by both the government and the police commissioner and will have damaging flow-on effects for all of Queensland if it happens."
But Mr Sycz said the union was cautiously supportive of the proposed changes, but it had to work through a 150-page document, in which "the devil was in the detail".
Commissioner Stewart said the QPS model was 20 years old and had not adapted to the demands of the service, including use of technology.
"The new structure will help the QPS become more mobile, flexible and responsive with resources being moved quickly to problem places or cases."