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12 October 2012

Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey has wished the state's top cop a happy retirement during his last public appearance before a parliamentary hearing.

Bob Atkinson, who has served as police commissioner since 2000, is being replaced by his deputy Ian Stewart at the end of October.

Mr Atkinson, who was fined for speeding in February, appeared before state parliament's legal affairs and community safety committee on Thursday night.

Mr Dempsey, a former police sergeant, said Mr Atkinson had given a "fantastic commitment" to the Queensland Police Service during his 44 years in policing, including 37 in Queensland.

"On behalf of the people of Queensland (I) thank you for that and wish you well ... and many years of happiness and I hope you enjoy at least one sleep in," he said.

"You certainly deserve it after 44 years, you'll certainly be missed."

Mr Atkinson was caught driving 10km/h above the speed limit near Kangaroo Point, in inner Brisbane, on February 3.

He was given a $133 fine and lost one demerit point.

But Mr Atkinson was also honoured this year for his role in co-ordinating Queensland's disaster operations during the 2011 flood and cyclone emergencies.

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