Yeppoon station is understaffed
THE Yeppoon police station is in crisis, with less than half the required officers working from a mouldy building, says Mick Barnes.
The general secretary of the Queensland Police Union yesterday held a crisis meeting in Yeppoon with the station's 11 uniformed police officers and four CIB detectives. Mr Barnes said the new building, commissioned in 2009, was affected by mould and was making staff sick.
He said the 24-hour station desperately needed an extra seven uniformed officers to reach the full station allocation of 18, but in 2009 the district officer reported there should be 29 uniformed officers and four CIB as well as five client-service officers.
Mr Barnes said officers were straining their working hours and were not able to maintain a presence at the station, which was causing "all sorts of dramas".
"It's ironic, for an 18-man station, the service identified there should be 29, but they are running on 11," he said. "On Australia Day they will rely on police officers from Marlborough and Marmor to travel to Yeppoon to provide a policing service ... the low numbers have already been flogged to death."
Mr Barnes said one staff member was on leave due to health problems caused by the mouldy building, and the service was in dispute with the builders.
Rockhampton Police Acting Superintendent Inspector Mike Curtin said there were ongoing establishment issues with the building.