News

No headquarters cut for Rocky police in major restructure

Rockhampton police headquarters is one of five regional centres across Queensland to escape the chopping block announced yesterday.
Rockhampton police headquarters is one of five regional centres across Queensland to escape the chopping block announced yesterday. Chris Ison

ROCKHAMPTON police headquarters is one of five regional offices across the state that has escaped the chopping block in the major restructure of the Queensland Police Service announced yesterday.

But Commissioner Ian Stewart remained tight-lipped on which officers throughout the state would get redundancies.

Unions have described the restructure, aimed at breaking free of bureaucracy, as a catastrophic betrayal.

Under the most significant restructure since the Fitzgerald Inquiry, Queensland's eight police regions will be reduced to five and 31 districts merged into 15. The changes will also lead to 110 commissioned officers, including superintendents, chief superintendents and inspectors, being made redundant with 212 non-commissioned officers. Three regional offices will be closed in Maroochydore, Cairns and Mount Gravatt as police prepare to answer to superiors up to 1000km away.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart trumpeted the move, expected to save $5 million a year as an end to restricting bureaucracy and a start to getting more police on the frontline.

"This restructure enables us to take away some the bureaucratic layers we have had," he said. "... and certainly the realignment of services, the economies of scale we will get from having the less number of regions, in particular, certainly allows us to reduce the size of the workforce but at the same time not reduce the service we give to the public."

Commissioner Stewart confirmed the State Crime Command, which investigates major and organised crime in Queensland, will be reduced by about one third and some staff redeployed to criminal investigation branches across the state.

He was unable to detail where the redundancies would occur due to ongoing discussions with unions.

But the Queensland Police Commissioned Officers' Union of Employees was not impressed. "This is a catastrophic day for the Queensland Police Service," union president Superintendent John Pointing said.

"We do hold grave fears for the supervision of the service in the future. We have just over 400 members and they have a palpable sense of betrayal."

The Queensland Police Union, which looks after 50 members in the firing line, said they were cautiously supportive of the changes.

Assistant general secretary Denis Sycz said there had been too much supervision.

Topics:  police, restructure, state government



Capricornia MP wants to Kick the Kilos

Michelle Landry and Cameron Schroder sign on to The Morning Bulletin's Kick the Kilos.Photo Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin

It's not easy to find time to exercise when you're an MP

Taxi driver struck with bottle, kicked and punched

Taxi.

It's alleged he was assaulted until members of the public intervened

WTF competitors take boatie recovery in their wake

WTF co-founder Belinda Lindel with one of her catches during the Women That Fish Barra Classic competition at the weekend.

Rescue effort reveals true spirit of Barra Classic competition.

Local Partners

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

14% of renovators doing own electrical work?

Landscaping (46%), demolition (43%) and interior design (77%) are also often tackled head on by plucky homeowners.

And 12% said they did their own plumbing work

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.