Mt Morgan station understaffed
MT Morgan’s police station is undermanned and at times officers have to patrol the town alone, the union says.
Queensland Police Union general secretary Mick Barnes said the station should have six officers, however, only four were positioned there.
The union has shone the focus on the staffing situation at Mt Morgan after an alleged brutal attack on an officer on Sunday night.
The union yesterday took its concern to the region’s Assistant Commissioner during a scheduled meeting in Rockhampton.
“Mt Morgan is a six-officer station, which is currently running on four,” Mr Barnes said.
“Two officers had the weekend off which caused officers to patrol by themselves.
“This is an issue we will discuss.”
He said it was concerning the two vacancies had not been filled.
Mr Barnes said preventative methods were the preferred way to address attacks on officers. “Clearly we don’t want officers patrolling by themselves,” he said.
When attacks did occur, he said courts needed to hand down deterrent penalties.
The Queensland Police Service yesterday indicated it would respond about the staffing situation at Mt Morgan later this week.
Rockhampton police acting Inspector Max Bennett, speaking earlier in the day, said police would not tolerate attacks upon officers.
“Any person assaulting a police officer will be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” act Insp Bennett said.
“It’s a very big concern that our officer has been assaulted.
“This is totally unacceptable.”
He said police would use all available resources to prevent this type of incident happening again.
It’s a very big concern that our officer has been assaulted. This is totally unacceptable