What is police misconduct?
Under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, police, like other public sector officers are subject to the provisions regarding “corrupt conduct” (see what is corrupt conduct?). They are also subject to provisions regarding “police misconduct”.
Police misconduct is any conduct by a police officer that:
- is disgraceful, improper or unbecoming a police officer, or
- shows unfitness to be or continue as a police officer, or
- does not meet the standard the community reasonably expects of a police officer.
If you are concerned about the conduct of a police officer and want to report it, consider whether the conduct is police misconduct or rather a customer service issue or minor breach of conduct.
Examples of customer services issues or minor breaches include:
- a slow response to your call
- simple rudeness
- failure of an officer to identify him/herself.
Who do I report police misconduct to?
You can report police misconduct to the CCC or to the QPS who is then legally obliged to notify the CCC.