Queensland Police
Overview
 
The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is the law enforcement agency responsible for policing the Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

n state of Queensland
Queensland
Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern section of the mainland continent. It is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean...

. In 1990, the Queensland Police Force was officially renamed the Queensland Police Service and the old motto of "Firmness with Courtesy" was changed to "With Honour We Serve". The headquarters of the Queensland Police Service is located at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane
Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of over 2 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centred around Brisbane, encompasses a population of...

.
Queensland as a state did not exist until 6 June 1859.
Encyclopedia
The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is the law enforcement agency responsible for policing the Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

n state of Queensland
Queensland
Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern section of the mainland continent. It is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean...

. In 1990, the Queensland Police Force was officially renamed the Queensland Police Service and the old motto of "Firmness with Courtesy" was changed to "With Honour We Serve". The headquarters of the Queensland Police Service is located at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane
Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of over 2 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centred around Brisbane, encompasses a population of...

.

History

Queensland as a state did not exist until 6 June 1859. The area now called Queensland was known as North Eastern New South Wales. The colony would have been under the jurisdiction of the New South Wales Police Force up until Queensland established its own police force.

The Queensland Police was established on 1 January 1864 and started operations with approximately 143 employees, including the first Commissioner of Police D.T. Seymour. The service had four divisions: Metropolitan Police, Rural Police, Water Police, and Native Police. Bicycle
Bicycle
A bicycle, also known as a bike, pushbike or cycle, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A person who rides a bicycle is called a cyclist, or bicyclist....

s were introduced in 1895. At the turn of the century there were 845 men and 135 Aboriginal tracker
Aboriginal tracker
In the years following British settlement in Australia, aboriginal trackers or black trackers, as they became known, were enlisted by settlers to assist them in navigating their way through the Australian landscape...

s at 256 stations in Queensland.

1900s

In 1904 the Queensland Police started to use fingerprint
Fingerprint
A fingerprint in its narrow sense is an impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger. In a wider use of the term, fingerprints are the traces of an impression from the friction ridges of any part of a human hand. A print from the foot can also leave an impression of friction ridges...

ing in investigations. In 1912 Brisbane general strike
1912 Brisbane General Strike
The 1912 Brisbane General Strike in Queensland, Australia, began when members of the Australian Tramway Employees Association were dismissed when they wore union badges to work on 18 January 1912...

 the Queensland Police were used to suppress striking workers. The first female police officers were inducted in 1931 to assist in inquiries involving female suspects and prisoners. Following World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 a number of technological innovations were adopted including radio
Radio
Radio is the transmission of signals through free space by modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible light. Electromagnetic radiation travels by means of oscillating electromagnetic fields that pass through the air and the vacuum of space...

 for communication within Queensland and between state departments. By 1950 the Service was staffed by 2,030 sworn personnel, 10 women police and 30 trackers.

1960s and 1970s

In 1965 female officers were given the same powers as male officers. The Queensland Police Academy at Oxley, Brisbane
Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of over 2 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centred around Brisbane, encompasses a population of...

, was completed in 1972. Bicycles were phased out in 1975 and more cars
Automobile
An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor...

 and motorcycle
Motorcycle
A motorcycle is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle. Motorcycles vary considerably depending on the task for which they are designed, such as long distance travel, navigating congested urban traffic, cruising, sport and racing, or off-road conditions.Motorcycles are one of the most...

s were put into service. The Air Wing also became operational in 1975 following the purchase of two single-engine aircraft.

1980s

A new computer
Computer
A computer is a programmable machine designed to sequentially and automatically carry out a sequence of arithmetic or logical operations. The particular sequence of operations can be changed readily, allowing the computer to solve more than one kind of problem...

ised message switching system was put into use throughout Queensland in 1980. At the time it was one of the most effective police communication systems in Australia.

The decade was a turbulent period in Queensland's political history. Allegations of high-level corruption
Political corruption
Political corruption is the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. Misuse of government power for other purposes, such as repression of political opponents and general police brutality, is not considered political corruption. Neither are illegal acts by...

 in both the Queensland Police and State Government led to a judicial inquiry presided by Tony Fitzgerald
Tony Fitzgerald
Gerald Edward Fitzgerald, AC, QC is a former Australian judge, who presided over the Fitzgerald Inquiry.-Life and career:...

. The Fitzgerald Inquiry
Fitzgerald Inquiry
The Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland Police corruption was a judicial inquiry presided over by Tony Fitzgerald QC. The inquiry resulted in the deposition of a premier, two by-elections, the jailing of three former ministers and a police commissioner who was jailed and lost his...

 which ran from July 1987 to July 1989 led to charges being laid against many long serving police, including Jack Herbert, Licensing Branch Sergeant Harry Burgess, Assistant Commissioner Graeme Parker and Commissioner Terry Lewis. Lewis was jailed and served ten and a half years.

The Fitzgerald Inquiry also led to a perjury
Perjury
Perjury, also known as forswearing, is the willful act of swearing a false oath or affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to a judicial proceeding. That is, the witness falsely promises to tell the truth about matters which affect the outcome of the...

 trial against former Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Sir Johannes "Joh" Bjelke-Petersen, KCMG , was an Australian politician. He was the longest-serving and longest-lived Premier of Queensland, holding office from 1968 to 1987, a period that saw considerable economic development in the state...

, which ended with a hung jury
Hung jury
A hung jury or deadlocked jury is a jury that cannot, by the required voting threshold, agree upon a verdict after an extended period of deliberation and is unable to change its votes due to severe differences of opinion.- England and Wales :...

. The Director of Public Prosecutions elected not to pursue a retrial due to Bjelke-Petersen's age and health. It was later revealed that the jury foreman for the trial was a member of the Young Nationals
National Party of Australia
The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party.Traditionally representing graziers, farmers and rural voters generally, it began as the The Country Party, but adopted the name The National Country Party in 1975, changed to The National Party of Australia in 1982. The party is...

 and identified with the "friends of Joh" movement.

1990s

The Police Powers and Responsibilities Act was passed by the Queensland Government on 1 July 1997. Law enforcement equipment introduced in the 1990s include Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Spray
Pepper spray
Pepper spray, also known as OC spray , OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a lachrymatory agent that is used in riot control, crowd control and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears...

, the Glock
Glock
Glock Ges.m.b.H. is a weapons manufacturer headquartered in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria, named after its founder, Gaston Glock...

 semi-automatic pistol, extendable batons and hinged handcuffs
Handcuffs
Handcuffs are restraint devices designed to secure an individual's wrists close together. They comprise two parts, linked together by a chain, a hinge, or rigid bar. Each half has a rotating arm which engages with a ratchet that prevents it from being opened once closed around a person's wrist...

 in 1998 and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR
LIDAR
LIDAR is an optical remote sensing technology that can measure the distance to, or other properties of a target by illuminating the target with light, often using pulses from a laser...

) laser-based detection devices and an Integrated Traffic Camera System in 1999 to enforce traffic speed limit
Speed limit
Road speed limits are used in most countries to regulate the speed of road vehicles. Speed limits may define maximum , minimum or no speed limit and are normally indicated using a traffic sign...

s.

2000s

The Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 came into force in July 2000 which consolidated the majority of police powers into one Act. The Queensland Police contributed to the national CrimTrac
CrimTrac
The CrimTrac Agency was established in July 2000 to facilitate data and information sharing within the Australian policing environment via new and existing information systems...

 system and the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS), established in 2000. The Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 commenced 1 January 2002 and redefined the responsibilities of the Service and the Crime and Misconduct Commission
Crime and Misconduct Commission
The Crime and Misconduct Commission is an independent Queensland Government entity created to combat and reduce the incidence of major crime and to continuously improve the integrity of, and to reduce the incidence of misconduct in, the Queensland public sector. The CMC also has a witness...

 (CMC) with respect to the management of complaints.

In 2002 there were 8,367 sworn officers (20.2% female) and 2,925 staff members at 321 stations, 40 Police Beat shopfronts and 21 Neighbourhood Police Beats throughout the state. By 2004 the service grown to 9,003 sworn officers (21.8% female) and 2,994 other staff members. As at 30 June 2008 there were 10,237 sworn officers (25% female) and 2,929 other staff members.

The Taser
Taser
A Taser is an electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles. Its manufacturer, Taser International, calls the effects "neuromuscular incapacitation" and the devices' mechanism "Electro-Muscular Disruption technology"...

 electroshock weapon was trialled by some officers in 2006 and was eventually issued in 2009. In mid-2007, approximately 5,000 officers participated in the Pride in Policing march through Brisbane
Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of over 2 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centred around Brisbane, encompasses a population of...

.

Criticisms

In early 2010, raids were made by the CMC (Crime and Misconduct Commission) on police stations in Queensland. The results of the raids and interrogations of police officers are being kept confidential, but come less than a year after a CMC report claiming

"the evidence revealed an attitude on the part of a not insignificant number of police officers, and their supervisors, that it was acceptable to act in ways that ignored legislative and QPS policy requirements, that were improper, and in some cases were dishonest and unlawful. Based on past experiences, the CMC had no confidence that the attitudes of those police officers would change without the pressure of public exposure."

The CMC report focused on police corruption, and not police brutality that accounted for ten times as many complaints in Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Surfers Paradise is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 Census, Surfers Paradise had a population of 18,501....

 - 130 reports to 13 in the 18 months to March 2010. The problems with Policing on the Gold Coast likely to continue given the inability of the Queensland Police Service to attract sufficient number of quality applicants given the Queensland Government's unwillingness to pay police adequately. This being contrary to one the recommendations by the Fitzgerald Inquiry as an important feature of an effective anti-corruption strategy. The Crime and Misconduct Commissions terms of reference did not include examining the role licensed premises under the Liquor Act had as a corrupting influence on police despite the findings indicating they played a role. This was due to Queensland Government displaying a reluctance to appropriately regulating Liquor outlets and rather talk about the symptoms of an underlying problem.

In June 2009 a man died after allegedly being tasered by Queensland police 28 times.

In 2008, the CMC investigated an officer after he used a Taser on a teenage girl at South Bank. After the girl refused to 'move on' from helping an unconscious friend, she was tasered whilst being held down by a security guard. A magistrate later ruled the officers did not give the girl adequate directions and threw out a charge of obstructing police. The CMC made an attempt to re-investigate but stated that the officers involved would not face charges. As a consequence of the incident, the Service conducted a review into issuing Tasers equipped with a camera. A subsequent inquiry by the CMC into the use of the TASER by the Queensland Police Service found there was no systemic abuse of the device by officers. CCTV video footage was released, despite best efforts of the young girls solicitor to block its release, showing the girls lashing out and kicking the officer, knocking the Taser out of his holster before he was forced to use it.

Also in 2006 and 2008 footage was caught of police beating homeless men after they were pinned to the ground. It came a year after a report by organizations including the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and community groups such as the Red Cross, which detailed widespread harassment by police of the socially vulnerable. Approximately 75% of interviewees made such claims, but the report was ignored by the government. Police Minister Judy Spence said of the report
"At a cursory glance, it looks like a compendium of views from nameless, homeless people,".

The Service has been accused of institutional racism after its fierce support of Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley who stood trial for the 2004 assault and manslaughter of Mulrunji Doomadgee. Senior Sergeant Hurley was initially subject of a Coronial Inquest by Coroner Christine Clements where he was found to have a case to answer despite conflicting medical evidence. The Director of Public Prosecutions Leanne Claire refused to place Senior Sergeant Hurley on trial for lack of evidence. The Queensland Attorney General Kerry Shine ordered a review despite advice from the State Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff QC highlighting the lack of evidence. A review by New South Wales Former Chief Justice Sir Laurence Street
Laurence Street
Sir Laurence Whistler Street AC, KCMG, QC is an Australian jurist and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.-Family:...

 found there was a case to answer. Senior Sergeant Hurley was found not guilty by a jury in the Townsville Supreme Court and the findings of the Coronial Inquest were subsequently overturned by the Townsville District Court.

Positive Contributions

  • The Queensland Police Pipes and Drums band performed a benefit concert to raise money in conjunction with The Japan Foundation. All proceeds that were raised went to the Consulate of Japan Donations for Earthquake/Tsunami victims.

  • Doomadgee Police Bike Squad took on the challenge of a 100km charity bike ride from Doomadgee to Burketown in October to show their support for the community. Bicycle patrols in the Doomadgee community were introduced in June this year to increase police interaction with community members. The Doomadgee community has come to embrace the police bike-squad, which is one the first bicycle squads to be implemented in an indigenous township. The charity ride was proudly supported by community businesses who donated about $300 worth of sporting equipment for local youth initiatives and a further $300 was raised.

  • Queensland Police, through their Twitter account, @QPSMedia, Facebook page, Queensland Police and YouTube channel, have demonstrated world's best practice emergency communications management through social media for their efforts through the 2011 Queensland Floods and Cyclone Yasi.

  • The Society For The Policing Of Cyberspace (POLCYB), based in Canada, announced the winners of the 2011 International Law Enforcement Cybercrime Award was the Queensland Police. Operation Achilles, the Taskforce Argos operation that led to the infiltration and dismantling of an international child sex offender network has been recognised for its significant contributions to reducing and preventing crimes against children.

  • Brian Hay from the QPS Fraud and Corporate Crime Group, State Crime Operations Command won AusCERT Director’s Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security. Which is presented to the individual who in the past year most contributed to information security in the areas of community service, innovation, education, liaison, law enforcement, governance or leadership.

  • In 2010 Queensland Police has been awarded the BMC Innovation award at this year’s IT Service Management (ITSM) industry awards for its implementation of a service design, namely QPRIME which amalgamated over 200 legacy systems.

  • Queensland Police Party Safe Initiative recognised as a finalist in the National Drug And Alcohol Awards. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) Party Safe initiative has received recognition as a finalist in the 2008 National Drug and Alcohol Awards for Excellence in the Law Enforcement Category.

Regions

There are eight police regions and four commands in the State of Queensland, each under command of an Assistant Commissioner
Assistant Commissioner
Assistant commissioner is a rank used in many police forces across the globe. It is also a rank used in revenue administrations in many countries.-Australia:...

:
  • Far Northern Region
  • Northern Region
  • Central Region
  • North Coast Region
  • Metropolitan North Region
  • Metropolitan South Region
  • Southern Region
  • South Eastern Region
  • Operations Support Command
  • State Crime Operations Command
  • Ethical Standards Command
  • Education and Training Command


These regions are further divided into districts and further still into divisions.

Ranks and structure

The Queensland Police Service has two classes of uniformed personnel: 'sworn' and 'unsworn' officers. Both classes adorn the same blue uniform, however:
  • 'Recruits' are required to replace the chequered band on their wide-brimmed hats with a plain blue piece;
  • 'Police Liaison Officers' are distinguished by a yellow chequered band and a 'Police Liaison Officer' badge.


Ranks of the Queensland Police Service are as follows:

Unsworn officers

  • Police Liaison Officer (yellow or blue/green (Torres Strait) epaulette with embroidered 'POLICE LIAISON OFFICER')
  • Recruit
    Recruit
    Recruit can refer to:* a recently enlisted member of a military or paramilitary corps, still in training, as in :** Army recruit** Seaman Recruit...

     (light blue epaulette with embroidered 'POLICE RECRUIT')

Constable ranks

  • Constable
    Constable
    A constable is a person holding a particular office, most commonly in law enforcement. The office of constable can vary significantly in different jurisdictions.-Etymology:...

     (plain blue epaulette)
  • Constable First Class (one embroidered chevron - no longer issued but still in use)
  • Senior Constable (two embroidered chevrons)

Non commissioned ranks

  • Sergeant
    Sergeant
    Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organizations around the world. Its origins are the Latin serviens, "one who serves", through the French term Sergent....

     (three embroidered chevrons)
  • Senior Sergeant (embroidered crown with laurels)

Commissioned ranks

  • Inspector
    Inspector
    Inspector is both a police rank and an administrative position, both used in a number of contexts. However, it is not an equivalent rank in each police force.- Australia :...

     (three pips)
  • Superintendent
    Superintendent (police)
    Superintendent , often shortened to "super", is a rank in British police services and in most English-speaking Commonwealth nations. In many Commonwealth countries the full version is superintendent of police...

     (one crown and one pip)
  • Chief Superintendent
    Chief Superintendent
    Chief superintendent is a senior rank in police forces organised on the British model.- United Kingdom :In the British police, a chief superintendent is senior to a superintendent and junior to an assistant chief constable .The highest rank below Chief Officer level, chief...

     (one crown and two pips)

  • Assistant Commissioner
    Assistant Commissioner
    Assistant commissioner is a rank used in many police forces across the globe. It is also a rank used in revenue administrations in many countries.-Australia:...

     (crossed tipstaves with laurels)
  • Deputy Commissioner
    Deputy Commissioner
    A deputy commissioner is a police or administrative official in many different countries.-Australia:In all Australian police forces, deputy commissioner is the rank directly below that of commissioner and senior to the rank of assistant commissioner except in the New South Wales Police Force, where...

     (one pip and crossed tipstaves with laurels)
  • Commissioner
    Police commissioner
    Commissioner is a senior rank used in many police forces and may be rendered Police Commissioner or Commissioner of Police. In some organizations, the commissioner is a political appointee, and may or may not actually be a professional police officer. In these circumstances, there is often a...

     (one crown and crossed tipstaves with laurels)

Constable
Constable
A constable is a person holding a particular office, most commonly in law enforcement. The office of constable can vary significantly in different jurisdictions.-Etymology:...

Constable
(1st Class)
Senior
Constable
Sergeant
Sergeant
Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organizations around the world. Its origins are the Latin serviens, "one who serves", through the French term Sergent....

Senior
Sergeant
Inspector
Inspector
Inspector is both a police rank and an administrative position, both used in a number of contexts. However, it is not an equivalent rank in each police force.- Australia :...

Superintendent
Superintendent (police)
Superintendent , often shortened to "super", is a rank in British police services and in most English-speaking Commonwealth nations. In many Commonwealth countries the full version is superintendent of police...

Chief
Superintendent
Assistant
Commissioner
Deputy
Commissioner
Commissioner
Police commissioner
Commissioner is a senior rank used in many police forces and may be rendered Police Commissioner or Commissioner of Police. In some organizations, the commissioner is a political appointee, and may or may not actually be a professional police officer. In these circumstances, there is often a...



Rank insignia is worn only by uniformed officers. Prior to mid-2009, only officers at the rank of Inspector and above (commissioned officers) had the words 'Queensland Police' embroidered on their epaulette
Epaulette
Epaulette is a type of ornamental shoulder piece or decoration used as insignia of rank by armed forces and other organizations.Epaulettes are fastened to the shoulder by a shoulder strap or "passant", a small strap parallel to the shoulder seam, and the button near the collar, or by laces on the...

s, however new uniform mandates saw the introduction of the words 'Queensland Police' on all epaulettes issued to sworn officers after this date. The epaulettes of commissioned officers are significantly larger than the epaulettes of lower ranks. Different paypoints apply within the same rank relative to years of service.

Specialist areas

Officers must serve a minimum of three years in general duties before being permitted to serve in specialist areas such as:
  • Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU)
  • Criminal Investigation Branch
    Detective
    A detective is an investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person. The latter may be known as private investigators or "private eyes"...

     (CIB)
  • Dog Squad
    Police dog
    A police dog, often referred to as a "K-9 dog" in some areas , is a dog that is trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work...

  • Forensic Crash Unit
  • Forensic Services Branch
    Forensics
    Forensic science is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to a legal system. This may be in relation to a crime or a civil action...

  • Mounted
    Mounted police
    Mounted police are police who patrol on horseback or camelback. They continue to serve in remote areas and in metropolitan areas where their day-to-day function may be picturesque or ceremonial, but they are also employed in crowd control because of their mobile mass and height advantage and...

  • Prosecutions
    Police prosecutor
    In the judicial system of New Zealand, a police prosecutor is a lawyer employed by the police to present cases in district court, as the counsel for the prosecution. This may be a sworn member of the police or, in larger courts, a civilian lawyer employed as a non-sworn member of the police...

  • Railway Squad
    Transit police
    Transit police are a specialized police agency or unit employed by a common carrier, which could be a transit district, railroad, bus line, other transport carrier, or the state...

  • Scenes of Crime
    Scenes of Crime Officer
    A Scenes of Crime Officer is an officer who gathers forensic evidence for the British police. They are also referred to by some forces as Forensic Scene Investigators , Crime Scene Investigators , or Crime Scene Examiners...

  • Special Emergency Response Team
    Special Emergency Response Team (Queensland)
    Special Emergency Response Team is the Police Tactical Group of the Queensland Police, Australia. SERT is part of the Specialist Response Branch within the Operations Support Command which incorporates the Explosive Operations Response Team and the Negotiator Coordination Unit...

     (SERT)
  • Stock Squad
    Livestock
    Livestock refers to one or more domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to produce commodities such as food, fiber and labor. The term "livestock" as used in this article does not include poultry or farmed fish; however the inclusion of these, especially poultry, within the meaning...

  • Tactical Crime Squad (TCS)
  • Traffic Branch
    Traffic
    Traffic on roads may consist of pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using the public way for purposes of travel...

  • Water Police
    Water police
    Water police, also called harbour patrols, port police, marine/maritime police, nautical patrols, bay constables or river police, are police officers, usually a department of a larger police organisation, who patrol in water craft...

  • Public Safety Response Team (PSRT)
  • Police Air Wing (PolAir)

Commissioners

Period Served Name
2000– Robert Atkinson
1992–2000 James Patrick O'Sullivan
1989–1992 Noel Ronald Newnham
1987–1989 Ronald Joseph Redmond
1976–1987 Terence Murray Lewis
1970–1976 Raymond Wells Whitrod
Ray Whitrod
Raymond Wells Whitrod AC CVO QPM was an Australian police officer and criminologist. He was considered a world leader in the way society treats victims of crime. He was known as a man of high professional standards, with a commitment to justice, equity and integrity...

, CVO, QPM
Queen's Police Medal
The Queen's Police Medal is awarded to police officers in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth for gallantry or distinguished service. Recipients may use the post-nominal letters "QPM", although the right to use these was only granted officially on 20 July 1969...

1969–1970 Norrin William Bauer
1958–1969 Francis Erich Bischof
Francis Bischof
Francis Erich Bischof was a police commissioner in the Australian state of Queensland from January 1958 until his resignation, on the 13 February 1969, amidst allegations of corruption...

1957 Thomas William Harrold
1955–1957 Patrick Glynn
1949–1954 John Smith
1934–1949 Cecil James Carroll
1925–1934 William Harold Ryan
1921–1925 Patrick Short
1917–1921 Frederick Charles Urquhart
1905–1916 William Geoffrey Cahill
1895–1905 William Edward Parry-Okenden
1864–1895 David Thomson Seymour

Equipment

Standard equipment issued and worn on duty belt by a General Duties police officer:
  • Glock 22 pistol
  • 2 x magazines plus ammunition
  • ASP extendable baton (21") concealed within pouch
  • Saflok Mk5 hinged handcuffs
  • Motorola radio and radio pouch
  • OC spray within pouch


Supplier of belt and pouches is TripleB Leathercraft.

Other equipment provided to officers include:
  • Maglite
    Maglite
    Maglite is a brand of flashlight manufactured in the United States by Mag Instrument, Inc. located in Ontario, California, and founded by Anthony Maglica. It was introduced in 1979. Constructed principally of anodized 6061 aluminum, they have a variable-focus beam...

     torches
  • rigid long batons (stored in vehicles)
  • light weight medic gloves and voice recording devices


As of 2009 selected officers around the state carry a Taser
Taser
A Taser is an electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles. Its manufacturer, Taser International, calls the effects "neuromuscular incapacitation" and the devices' mechanism "Electro-Muscular Disruption technology"...

 (X26) with spare air cartridge, which are both contained within a specially designed holster.

Vehicles

Vehicles currently in use with the Queensland Police Service:
  • BMW R1200RT-P
    BMW r1200rt
    The BMW R1200RT is a touring motorcycle that was introduced in 2005 by BMW Motorrad to replace the R1150RT model. It features a flat-twin engine with a six-speed gearbox and shaft drive.-Previous RT models, 1970s to 2004:...

  • Chrysler 300#300C (unmarked)
  • Ford Falcon
    Ford Falcon
    The Ford Falcon is a full-size car which has been manufactured by Ford Australia since 1960. Each model from the XA series of 1972 onward has been designed, developed and built in Australia and/or New Zealand, following the phasing out of the American Falcon of 1960–71 which had been re-engineered...

     (sedan, station wagon and ute)
  • Ford Territory
    Ford Territory
    The Ford Territory is a crossover SUV built by Ford Australia and based on the EA169 platform of the Ford BA Falcon. It was released in April 2004. Its code name inside Ford was E265. It won the 2004 Wheels Car of the Year award, the reviewers praising car-like handling and practicality as reasons...

  • Holden Commodore
    Holden Commodore
    The Holden Commodore is an automobile manufactured since 1978 by the Holden subsidiary of General Motors in Australia, and, formerly, in New Zealand. In the mid-1970s, Holden established proposals to replace the long-serving Kingswood nameplate with a smaller, Opel-based model...

     (sedan, station wagon and ute)
  • Holden Crewman (with prisoner compartment)
  • Holden Rodeo
    Holden Rodeo
    The Holden Rodeo is a utility vehicle that was sold in Australasia by Holden, a General Motors subsidiary...

     (discontinued) with prisoner compartment
  • Holden Statesman
    Holden Statesman
    The Holden Caprice is an automobile which has been produced by Holden in Australia since 1990. The similar Holden Statesman, which was also introduced in 1990, was discontinued in September 2010....

     (unmarked)
  • Honda Accord
    Honda Accord
    The Honda Accord is a series of compact, mid-size and full-size automobiles manufactured by Honda since 1976, and sold in a majority of automotive markets throughout the world....

     (unmarked)
  • Hyundai i30
    Hyundai i30
    The Hyundai i30 is a small family car by South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Company. The i30 shares its platform with the Kia cee'd, available as a five-door hatchback or estate, with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, either with manual or automatic transmissions.The i30 wagon is...

     (unmarked)
  • Hyundai iLoad
  • Isuzu D-Max
    Isuzu D-Max
    Isuzu D-Max is a pickup truck made by Isuzu. It shares the same platform with several General Motors mid-size trucks in the United States. These being the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Isuzu i-Series. The Chevrolet Colorado name is also applied to a rebadged version of the D-Max in the Middle...

     (under trial, with prisoner compartment)
  • Iveco Daily
    Iveco Daily
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     (dual cab, unmarked, mounted division)
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
    Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
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  • Mercedes-Benz Vito
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  • Mitsubishi 380
    Mitsubishi 380
    The Mitsubishi 380 is a mid-size car that was produced by Mitsubishi Motors Australia between 2005 and 2008. It was the successor to the Mitsubishi Magna/Verada line of vehicles first introduced in 1985. The company spent over A$600 million developing and producing the car, which is heavily based...

  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
  • Mitsubishi Lancer VRX
    Mitsubishi Lancer
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  • Mitsubitshi Lancer Coupe 1994 (unmarked)
  • Mitsubishi Magna
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     (unmarked - blue in colour)
  • Mitsubishi Pajero
    Mitsubishi Pajero
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  • Mitsubishi Triton
    Mitsubishi Triton
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     (with prisoner compartment)
  • Nissan Patrol
    Nissan Patrol
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  • Nissan X-Trail
    Nissan X-Trail
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  • Subaru Liberty (unmarked)
  • Suzuki DR-Z400
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  • Toyota Aurion
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  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Hilux
    Toyota Hilux
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     (with prisoner compartment, also unmarked)
  • Toyota Kluger
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 200 series
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  • Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
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  • Toyota RAV4
    Toyota RAV4
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  • Volkswagen Golf
    Volkswagen Golf
    The Volkswagen Golf is a small family car manufactured by Volkswagen since 1974 and marketed worldwide across six generations, in various body configurations and under various nameplates – as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada , and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico .The...

     (unmarked)
  • Volkswagen Jetta
    Volkswagen Jetta
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     (unmarked)
  • Yamaha motorcycle

Specialised HSV and FPV vehicles are also used throughout the state as Traffic Command or Highway Patrol units.

The SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) unit also has a specialised armoured vehicle, a Lenco BearCat, at its disposal for use in riot control and other potentially dangerous situations throughout the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions.

The Queensland Police has recently received its first police helicopter, based on the Gold Coast. The helipcotper is being used for a six month trial period; and if successful numerous more helicopters would be purchased for use by the police around the state. The highly anticipated $1.6 million Bell Long Ranger has already been hailed a success, assisting police in 24 different dispatches in its first 3 days of operation, and will be used extensively during major events such as schoolies week, the Gold Coast 600 and the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games. The helicopter is fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment such as infrared and thermal imaging cameras, and other equipment based on the NSW Police Service helicopters.

Former Members

  • Terry Lewis
    Terry Lewis
    Terry Lewis may refer to:*Terry Lewis, member of American R&B and pop songwriting team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis*Terry Lewis , former Queensland police commissioner who was convicted and jailed for corruption...

  • Francis Bischof
    Francis Bischof
    Francis Erich Bischof was a police commissioner in the Australian state of Queensland from January 1958 until his resignation, on the 13 February 1969, amidst allegations of corruption...

  • Wayne Bennett (rugby league)
  • Dan Crowley
    Dan Crowley
    Dan Crowley is an Australian rugby union footballer who played for the Wallabies 38 times and earned over 100 caps for the Queensland Reds during his rugby career...

  • Michael Featherstone
    Michael Featherstone
    Michael "Mick" Featherstone is a risk management consultant and private investigator. Featherstone is also an author, his book "Bullet Proof Your Business" was released in 2006 by Wilkinson Publishing...


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