It’s time to start thinking about who you should be representing in your Queensland police disciplinary hearing.
It’s not about what you do, but who you do it for.
When a Queensland police professional is in the public eye, there’s a lot of pressure on them to do right by their peers and uphold the public interest.
But what happens when they are the one who gets disciplined for what they did?
And it’s not just about the police officers, either.
A recent Queensland Government study found that there are more than 6,200 public servants in Queensland who are suspended or disciplined for misconduct every year.
This includes more than 3,200 officers who are in the profession for misconduct involving sexual offences and sexual harassment.
These are the people who are most likely of any kind of public service who will be punished in the course of a public service disciplinary hearing for their behaviour, the study said.
The report, released to the media this week, said the most common reason for a disciplinary hearing was misconduct, but it also found that the reasons for suspensions and dismissals were often related to misconduct.
Sexual assault, for example, is one of the most frequently cited reasons for dismissal.
And when an officer is in a position of trust, they will tend to be more likely to be the ones to take on the disciplinary role, the report said.
But if they are not the people in the position who are the most likely people to be disciplined, what do we do about it?
In a nutshell, we have to be prepared to argue in favour of their innocence, and then defend the integrity of the public service.
If you’re a Queensland officer who’s been disciplined for sexual misconduct, the next step is to seek the advice of a lawyer, who can provide you with information on how to defend your case in court.
Lawyer Adam Rutter is an expert on Queensland Police disciplinary hearings, and says you shouldn’t rely on what’s being said in the press.
“You shouldn’t have to rely on anything from the media.
You should just go and talk to your lawyer,” he said.
He said he advises people to speak to their lawyer as soon as possible.
Mr Rutter said the police professional’s lawyer could give them a detailed outline of the disciplinary hearing, and help them prepare for it.
He also recommends having a lawyer on the case at all times, because that will allow the accused officer to be held to account for their actions.
You can contact Mr Rutter’s office for advice on your case.
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