|POLICE CONSTABLE OR BIKIE? |
QPS DOESN'T GIVE A STUFF!
Police insiders have revealed that many of these dodgy recruits were sent to Cairns - seen as a compliant LNP backwater where numbers, not performance, are paramount.
A case in point is the now former Constable Cristina Cidade, who was stood down by the QPS after allegations of an improper relationship with an arrestee at the Cairns watch house. After his release on bond, Constable Cidade is reported to have moved in with the man. Subsequently QPS Internal Affairs has suggested the Constable was improperly accessing private police records on the man's behalf.
It's not like Ms. Cidade, a Brazilian native, hid her sordid past
when she hired on with the QPS. Ms. Cidade was reportedly fired while on probation with the New South Wales Police when she was found to be giving radio interviews about "what kind of men she likes" while assigned to secure the scene of an attempted murder.
And her frequent appearances in "Inked Magazine" should have been a clue for the hiring sleuths (sloths?) at the QPS.
There are a whole spectrum of "dodgy recruits" that reportedly have been dropped into Cairns. One is said to be unable to even hit a target during firearms qualification. It is suggested several cannot pass physical qualification testing. And the recruits who ARE performing well are almost immediately pulled from Cairns to be sent to the Southeast Corner. Former Constable Cidade was given watchhouse duty, but couldn't even stay out of trouble there.
As the street crime problems return to Cairns, we have fewer police numbers in Cairns than during the Bligh government time, along with a rasher of dodgy recruits like Ms. Cidade.
After a few weeks at full pay doing bugger all, Ms. Cidade apparently got the hint and turned in her badge this week. It's unknown if the QPS will continue the embarrassment by prosecuting the former Constable.
Something has gone seriously wrong at the QPS if
But much of the blame rests on Gavin King, who continually touted the arrival of these new police recruits while knowing that they would not have qualified under previous governments.
QPS Internal Affairs is said to be overloaded with investigations of this type, made more difficult when so many of them are on coppers in regional areas.
It's understood that the local MP's have been aware of these issues for over a year and so far have done nothing to get our local Cairns policing back on a solid footing. Meanwhile the violence in the CBD continues to escalate.