The Supreme Court has now agreed with the Queensland Police Union that the processes undertaken by the Commissioner of Police for the promotions system are unlawful, and are not fair and equitable. We all know the Queensland Police Service’s promotion system is broken, unworkable and now we have proved in court it is also illegal. This is a great win for the Queensland Police Union and Senior Sergeant Lewis. It is disappointing it yet again took the Queensland Police Union to take this matter to court to prove the Commissioner did not abide by the law when it came to these promotions. All we have ever wanted is an open, transparent, fair and lawful promotional process that gives a level playing field to all applicants. If any other Director-General in any other State Government department illegally appointed over 26 people to Senior Executive Service positions and was subject to criticism in the Supreme Court that they acted illegally in the appointments process, it would be a massive scandal and many people who made the decision and gave the advice would have action taken against them however in this case we won’t hold our breath. Just doesn’t make sense…
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7 July 2021
Please spare 1 Minute silence this Friday @ 1215 EST as we remember @QldPolice officer S/Const Dave Masters who was murdered. Post a photo at your workplace using #WithHonourHeServed #RIPOBIB #4029765 COVID restricts our being @ his Funeral so please share & attend online.
6 July 2021
COMMEMORATION – HONOUR GUARD SENIOR CONSTABLE DAVID (DAVE) MASTERS, REGISTERED NUMBER 4029765 Due to current COVID19 restrictions, attendance at funerals is limited to 100 persons or less and therefore many QPS staff cannot attend Senior Constable Dave Masters funeral this Friday. Due to these restrictions it’s also not possible to undertake a traditional ‘honour guard’ for a procession following the funeral. In order to honour our colleague and adhere to restrictions imposed by the current COVID environment, an approach has been taken where police members can gather outdoors, under managed arrangements and remember our colleague. A non-traditional ‘honour guard’ will be undertaken at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, Burpengary which is located approximately 1.5kms away from and separate to the funeral. Members have the opportunity to attend the sports complex to participate in an honour guard providing we follow our risk mitigation protocols. It is critical that we adhere to these protocols and remember that the community looks to us to set an example. We hope to have a big screen available for members to watch the funeral service. A COVID Safe Event Checklist (Impacted Areas) has been completed, masks are required to be worn, COVID marshals will be in place, attendees will socially distance outdoors, hand sanitising will be undertaken and a QR code check in process will operate. We do not want any adverse public commentary to take away from the recognition of our colleague so ‘Near enough is not good enough’ for compliance purposes.
With great sadness we write to inform you of the death of our friend, colleague, loved one and Queensland Police Union member, Senior Constable Dave Masters this morning while on duty. Just after 3am, Dave was struck by a vehicle, traveling at high speed, that he was trying to stop so that he could keep the public safe. QPU president Ian Leavers and QPU general secretary Mick Barnes have been on the scene at Burpengary and back at his home station with colleagues, friends and members since just after 4am providing support. The best professional assistance including expert legal assistance is also being provided to all QPU members involved with the QPU’s critical incident team also on the scene. Dave’s tragic, needless and senseless passing has already been felt deeply across Queensland. Dave, as a parent, husband , and committed officer, leaves behind station in shock and disbelief. This incident once again highlights the inherent danger involved in all police work. All Police Officers put their lives on the line every time they commence their shift. The death of colleagues is a very emotional and challenging time for the entire police community. The events of last night remind us that our job as police is always dangerous. It never stops, and it comes at a heavy cost to us all. It is also a stark reminder of what we risk every day. We know that when we leave home to go to work each day, there are never any guarantees we will come home at the end of the day. Dave’s life has been cut tragically short for one reason and one reason alone, for simply doing his job, and we Queensland police remember and honour him. At this time, we need to remember that we should all continue to look out for our colleagues and all our mates and co-workers. If you or one of your colleagues need assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0457 750 713 and depending on the assistance you may need, we can connect you with support, including the support of our partners at Blue HOPE. Support efforts for Dave’s family are currently in hand and will be circulated to members shortly. We will give you more information as it comes to hand. Stay safe during these difficult times. Ian Leavers General President Mick Barnes General Secretary Shayne Maxwell Asst General Secretary
David Masters Remembrance Fund We at the Queensland Police Union have established a bank account for those wishing to make a donation for the benefit of police officer Senior Constable David Masters’ family. Dave leaves behind his wife, Sharon, and son Jack aged 21. Dave loved his family, the outdoors and camping with friends & family. Dave was passionate about horses and cherished his time in the QPS Mounted Police Unit. “Dave lived for policing” said wife Sharon, and went on to describe Dave as being, “…dedicated to his role within the community to keep the public safe.” Our thoughts are with Sharon, Jack, and all of Dave’s friends and family at this time. All donations will go directly to Senior Constable Masters’ family. Donations can be made at a QBANK branch. For those wishing to donate, the details for transferring funds are as follows: QBANK: David Masters Remembrance Fund BSB: 704 052 Account Number: 100204707 Message to appear in account: (person’s name who is donating). Ian Leavers General President Mick Barnes General Secretary Shayne Maxwell Asst General Secretary
26 June 2021
It is with great sadness we confirm the tragic death this morning of Senior Constable David Masters of Deception Bay. QPUE General President Ian Leavers and General Secretary Mick Barnes have been on scene since just after 4:00 AM assisting Members. Please keep our Police Family in your thoughts.
25 June 2021
BREAKING NEWS: Running a 24 hour, seven day service providing clinical and peer assistance for current and former serving police is costly. We are run by cops, for cops. That’s why it’s great when we receive assistance from partner agencies. The Queensland Police Union has kindly donated the use of a Holden Colorado ute for us to continue our outreach services across Queensland. QPU President Ian Leavers and QPU General Secretary Mick Barnes have been strong backers of providing welfare support consistently to QPU members and this generosity will help ease some of the financial burden on Blue Hope so we can put more into service delivery. Thank you QPUE for helping us to stand ready!
24 June 2021
Another week and another 43 new Constables are welcomed by QPUE General Secretary Mick Barnes today having completed their training at the Townsville Academy providing vital policing resources to Northern & Western Queensland. We join with the QPS Commissioner Carroll and thank our Academy officers for their commitment and efforts in training our new Officers. Stay Safe
18 June 2021
QPUE General Secretary Mick Barnes welcomed Queensland’s 96 new Constables who were sworn in today at the QPSA Oxley. Dux of Intake 1/2021 and winner of the QPUE Award was Constable Karla Barrett. Karla is heading to Charters Towers for her training. We wish all of our new Officers and their families the very best as they start their career in caring for Queensland’s communities. Stay Safe
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