Sensitive police file on street
By FRAZER PEARCE ? A POLICE file containing highly sensitive information about an alleged sex offence was found on a main Rockhampton street after it fell from the roof of a patrol car.
To make matters worse, the person who found the file scattered across a road on Sunday night tried to return it to the Rockhampton Police Station immediately, but the front-desk security door was down and no one answered the night buzzer.
The person, who wanted to remain anonymous, said people could be heard moving and speaking behind the door.
"I'm concerned that someone's personal file was lying on the road,'' the person said after returning the file to police via The Morning Bulletin.
"I think there should be some sort of investigation into how it got there.''
Rockhampton city police Inspector Graham Coleman apologised on behalf of the station for the incidents.
He said the lost-file error was compounded by the extremely personal information and allegations contained in several witness statements.
"It was a blunder of the worst kind,'' he said.
"I sincerely apologise.
"We will be taking the appropriate action.''
He said the buzzer had malfunctioned on Friday and due to difficulty finding the appropriate tradespeople over the long weekend it was unable to be repaired until Tuesday. Inspector Coleman praised the person who picked up the file for their prompt and responsible action.