The Queensland Police Service says eleven officers were singled out in an internal investigation into reportedly “racist, sexist, homophobic and defamatory” posts in a private Facebook group.
All of the officers were dealt with by their superiors but none were suspended or stood down, the Brisbane Times reported.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll (pictured) announced the internal investigation in July.
At the time it emerged one of the private Facebook groups, Defend the Blue, had 3500 members, the majority of which were serving or former Queensland cops.
Posts within that group and others reportedly included various racist and sexist material, and homophobic language.
Commissioner Carroll said while the group had been started with “good intentions”, the Facebook posts she’d seen were “deeply concerning, nasty, defamatory, and quite frankly beggar belief”.
At the time she vowed the QPS would take “appropriate action”.
In an internal email in July, Carroll told Queensland police officers she’d ordered an investigation into the inappropriate material.
“The content brought to my attention is incredibly concerning [and] disappointing,” she said.
“[It] definitely does not reflect the values of our organisation or the majority of our people.”
Eleven Queensland police officers breached code of conduct
A Queensland Police Service spokesperson told the Brisbane Times investigators have since found 11 officers breached the code of conduct.
The QPS had dealt with all the officers through “management action”, the spokesperson explained.
No detail about the disciplinary measures taken was provided. Such action includes guidance from superiors, but not suspensions or stand-downs, according to the Brisbane Times.
The spokesperson said the Queensland Police Service is currently revising its policy on personal social media use.
“A revised QPS policy covering personal use of social media by its members is close to being implemented,” the spokesperson said.
The revised policy will “strengthen advice to all members,” the spokesperson said.
“The revised policy will further highlight the risks associated with using social media,” they said.
“[It will] ensure the expectations of the QPS and the community are clearly understood and met.”
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