Officers in video no longer here

NONE of the police officers seen in the disturbing CCTV footage released by Queensland Police last week, after ex-cop Ben Price was sentenced to jail for assault, are still working at the Whitsunday Police Station.

A spokesperson for the Queensland Police Service said the officers, of which there were at least three who faced disciplinary action over their alleged knowledge and involvement in the four assault cases, had all moved to other stations since the incidents took place more than two years ago.

The spokesperson said Whitsunday officers had been called to many “highly volatile confrontations” with offenders and had acted professionally and ethically.

“Within the new 24-hour station at Whitsunday there is a strong sense of team work and protecting the community through considered decision making and appropriate use of force options,” he said.

“A senior officer (Sergeant) is present on all shifts to offer support and supervision.

“There is also a new 24-hour watch house with state-of-the-art surveillance equipment monitoring all interactions with anyone in custody.

“All operational activities are reviewed by a senior officer on a regular basis.”

The spokesperson said commissioned officers spoke with staff regularly about ethical behaviour and offered support for quality decisions in relation to the use of force and good work undertaken by officers.

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