Katarina Carroll says she hopes to keep her position when report examining police culture is released
The Queensland police commissioner, Katarina Carroll, says she is “hoping” to keep her job amid increasing pressure on the Queensland police service’s leadership over revelations about racism, sexism and misogyny in the ranks.
On Tuesday Carroll and the police minister, Mark Ryan, spent almost an hour answering questions from the media after the release of audio recordings – published by Guardian Australia – that contained officers using racist and violent language.
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“The stuff that we heard in the watch house is truly abhorrent,” Carroll said.
“It’s tough to stand here and listen to that being said and I know that I have apologised and I apologise again.”
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Other officers were more than willing to leak sensitive police material, solicit corruption and incriminate other officers in the group chats.
The final report of the state inquiry into police responses to domestic violence has been handed to the state government, and will be released publicly next week.
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It is understood the report contains an entire section on “leadership”, and is highly critical of Carroll, who is Queensland’s first female commissioner.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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