Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Will Be Every Bit As Challenging As G20: Queensland Police Service

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be one of the biggest logistical challenges the Queensland Police Service has ever faced, Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford says.

With less than three years until the Games begin, preparations are already well underway.

In April 2018, more than 6,500 athletes, 25,000 volunteers and tens of thousands of spectators will descend on the tourist strip for the month-long event.

Police will have to secure 18 competitions venues across not only the Gold Coast but Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. Continue reading Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Will Be Every Bit As Challenging As G20: Queensland Police Service

Gold Coast Police Brutality: Another Alleged Incident Captured On CCTV

THERE has been an explosion of allegations of police brutality on the Gold Coast, with shocking footage emerging of a recent attack.

The Courier-Mail has obtained disturbing CCTV footage from inside the Surfers Paradise police station which shows a handcuffed Michael Cox, 29, being physically restrained and his head slammed into the tile floor.

The footage shows Mr Cox and watchhouse officer Peter Nummy talking on a bench inside the station. Both men appear relaxed. At no point does Mr Cox lunge at the officer, but moments later the footage shows Officer Nummy twist Mr Cox’s handcuffed wrist backward and slam his head into floor. Continue reading Gold Coast Police Brutality: Another Alleged Incident Captured On CCTV

Gold Coast’s best cop fined for drink-driving

13/07/2011 | 03:10 PM | click here to read the article online

Gold Coast’s best cop fined for drink-driving

A police officer named the Gold Coast’s best has been fined for drink-driving.

But the officer dodged a conviction that could have resulted in him being kicked out of the force.

Constable Michael Froggatt, who won Rotary’s Gold Coast policeman of the year award in 2010, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.085 on Sunday.

Magistrate Terry Duroux decided not to record a conviction, something that would have ended Froggatt’s policing career.

Mr Duroux noted Froggatt still faces police disciplinary proceedings, which could result in sanctions, loss of rank and a pay cut.

Froggatt’s lawyer Bill Potts argued against a police prosecutor’s call for a conviction to be recorded.

“The police force is not an organisation of perfection,” he told the Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

“It is made up of individuals who carry the same human failings, weaknesses and traits all flesh is heir to.”

Mr Potts said his client, who has been stood down from active duty, had expressed “real and palpable regret” for his actions.

He knew he’d let himself, the public and the Queensland Police Service down, the lawyer said.

While not trying to excuse his client’s actions, Mr Potts said the officer had just completed two 13-hour shifts and was due back at work 11 hours later.

“We ask a lot of our police officers,” Mr Potts said.

Last year Froggatt was honoured with the Rotary Gold Coast Police Officer of the Year Award.

“I am aware my actions in this incident have brought dishonour to myself, my family and my fellow officers,” Froggatt said in a letter of apology, read to the court.

“I wish to bring no further disrespect to the Queensland Police Service.”

Facebook used for evidence in court

Bill Potts talks to the Gold Coast Bulletin about the increasing use of sites like Facebook as evidence for both the prosecution and defence. “…don’t put anything online that you don’t want thrown back at you in court…”

Click here to read the Gold Coast Bulletin article – 27-11-2010.

Bill Potts Talks Police Pursuits On Today Tonight

Bill Potts is interviewed by Today Tonight’s Damien Hansen as to whether police should be banned from pursuing offenders in high speed pursuits.

Continue reading Bill Potts Talks Police Pursuits On Today Tonight