Bill Feldman
Bill Feldman

Police being left to rot in remote Qld locations

BILL Feldman says the Queensland Police Service can no longer deliver on promises made to officers who agree to serve in remote and rural locations.

Writing in the latest Police Journal, the Queensland Police Union Central Region representative (pictured) said the QPS had to think about how it intended to salvage its own credibility when it advertised the positions.

"Most staff who take a promotion or a transfer to an isolated community or remote and rural locations are given a promise that once tenure is met, their particular District Officer or Assistant Commissioner will move heaven and earth to assist them relocate into a better serviced location," he wrote.

"Unfortunately, there have been too many promises made, and the ability to transfer staff to bigger and better serviced areas is more a dream than a reality.

"The promise is now more akin to the phrases, 'The cheque is in the mail' or 'I will still love you in the morning'."

Mr Feldman said he had never seen so many transfer applications in his near 40 years of service.

Three sergeants had accepted transfer at a reduced rank, just to get out of where they had faithfully served.



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