Commissioner's statement re Senior Sergeant Hurley
The Queensland Police Commissioner, Bob Atkinson said today that the QPS acknowledged the Director of Public Prosecutions announcement that the DPP would not be proceeding with any criminal charges against Senior Sergeant Hurley, and the Crime and Misconduct Commission advice that, “….no disciplinary action before the Misconduct Tribunal or by the Queensland Police Service can be taken against the police officer in relation to the cause of death or in relation to the charges of assault or perjury…..”.
The CMC media release also advises that, “…Any other disciplinary charges against Senior Sergeant Hurley arising from the Coronial Inquest are now the responsibility of the QPS”.
In that regard the QPS will now closely examine all the undetermined criticisms in the report of the Acting State Coroner leveled against Senior Sergeant Hurley and other members of the Service to determine if any disciplinary or other actions are warranted. The Service will liaise with the CMC in respect of that process.
He said that Senior Sergeant Hurley would now return to duty as soon as practicable, but remain in a non-operational, specialist position until all the remaining matters have been fully considered and resolved.
Mr Atkinson said that while he was hopeful that there would not be any trouble on Palm Island or elsewhere following today’s announcements, police would take all necessary appropriate action to maintain safety and security, including working closely with the local community on Palm Island to monitor the situation and attempt to prevent any problems arising.
In keeping with normal procedures police would not be commenting on the detail of operational contingency planning.
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