Officer holds party in police station

A SUNSHINE COAST police officer, reprimanded for hosting a boozy party in a local police station, has landed himself in hot water again.

The Queensland Police Service cut the salary of Senior Constable Jeffrey Robert Frazer after he brought people from a party to Caloundra Police Station on November 14, 2009.

Police said Snr Const Frazer's conduct was "questionable" and he consumed alcohol in the social club area of the station until 4.30am.

After the QPS initially imposed a six-month pay cut against the officer, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal upped the penalty to 12 months when the Crime and Misconduct Commission found the punishment was inadequate.

During his punishment period, Snr Const Frazer failed to turn up for a rostered shift on October 6, 2010, and provided false alibis to cover up his absence.

According to a QCAT decision, published this week, QPS had notified Snr Const Frazer his pay would be cut for another year from March 15, 2011.

This was news to the police officer who believed his time in the financial sin bin ended May 13, 2011, a year to the day his penalty for his station party was handed down.

Snr Const Frazer asked QCAT, in December, 2011, for extra time to submit an application for the penalty to be reviewed.
The recently published judgment outlined Snr Const Frazer's claims the reduction in his salary was excessive and he had suffered "financial detriment".

The officer also claimed he was "misled" by his employer when he agreed to take part in an internal discipline process as he was not properly informed of the sanction's effect.

According to the Crime and Misconduct Act, officers have 14 days from when a discipline decision is received to apply for a review.

Snr Const Frazer submitted his application nine months after he was reprimanded for not turning up for his shift, and QCAT found the officer's application was "clearly out of time".

In defending the penalty handed to Snr Const Frazer, QPS argued the sanction was to act as a deterrent to other police officers.

QCAT dismissed Snr Const Frazer's application for a time extension and granted the QPS's application to have the proceedings struck out.

Topics:  alcohol party police

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