Steven Isles stands outside the Rockhampton police station yesterday as he campaigns across the state against what he claims is bullying in the service.
Steven Isles stands outside the Rockhampton police station yesterday as he campaigns across the state against what he claims is bullying in the service. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Crusader urges Atkinson to quit

THE son of missing North Queensland policeman Mick Isles was in Rockhampton yesterday on his journey across the state campaigning against Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.

Steven Isles said bullying was part of the culture in the police force and Rockhampton was no exception.

He said this was evidenced by allegations against former Central region Assistant Commissioner Ann Lewis, who had since moved on.

Mr Isles is driven to change the culture that he said destroyed his father, a 58-year-old veteran policeman who went missing in September. Senior Sergeant Isles was formally cleared of suspicion of drugs trafficking and money laundering, but vanished two days after returning to work on September 23.

Mr Isles said his father was a victim of police bullying, which was far more common in the service than most people thought.

“People in Rockhampton don’t get to see the stories about what’s happening in Cairns, on the Sunshine Coast and places like Toowoomba,” he said.

He said many people within the service were contacting him, urging him to push on with his crusade.

“My support is much greater than what has been shown publicly,” he said.

Mr Isles is convinced his push to support a no-confidence motion in the commissioner will be successful.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Police said: “Steven Isles has actively sought out former officers who have left the QPS under difficult circumstances.

“With more than 10,000 sworn officers, it is inevitable that there are a small number who do not behave in an appropriate manner.

“If Steven Isles has information to prove his allegations, he should provide them to the Ethical Standards Command or the Crime and Misconduct Commission so his claims can be appropriately investigated.”

No comment was provided regarding the Anne Lewis claim.

Mr Isles’s petition can be found online at www.gopetition.com.au/online.33243.html



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