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Too many horror stories to ignore: Police DV inquiry extended by a week

An inquiry into Queensland police and domestic violence has reopened after the state’s top cop admitted the force had issues with sexism, misogyny and racism.

Aug 22, 2022, updated Aug 22, 2022
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll before giving evidence to the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence.  (AAP Image/Darren England)

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll before giving evidence to the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence. (AAP Image/Darren England)

The Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence had been due to wrap up with Commissioner Katarina Carroll’s evidence last Thursday.

However, so many QPS members have raised cultural issues since her evidence that the inquiry has reopened for submissions.

“In light of these matters, the Commission of Inquiry is calling for further submissions from people who have knowledge of the cultural issues within the QPS,” it said in a statement on Monday.

“The call for submissions will only be open for a short period.”

After initially denying the force was plagued by cultural issues, Carroll admitted to being appalled when she was questioned about vulgar public comments made by two senior police officers, including her deputy.

The inquiry heard how Deputy Commissioner Paul Taylor had referred to a gynaecologist friend as a “vagina whisperer” at a police conference.

Taylor quit on Friday, saying he was “devastated” by the impact his comments had had on the police service’s reputation.

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The probe also heard about vulgar comments made by Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder, who has taken leave and has refused to comment on the incident.

Carroll is seeking legal advice about Chief Supt Rohweder, who was disciplined internally but promoted after asking an officer who had facial injuries if a female officer had “shut her legs on you”.

“The commissioner has sought legal advice about her options in relation to this officer, and that advice is pending,” police said in a statement on Saturday.

The Commission of Inquiry said submissions on QPS culture must be made by September 5.

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