WHAT sort of police officers do the Coast want?
According to our readers on Facebook they want community-focused policemen and women, the sort of officers Maroochydore-based Senior Constable Jeffrey Frazer describes himself as.
The former Caloundra cop lost his last line of appeal in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on July 20, after fighting a pay cut imposed by the Queensland Police Service for a string of misdemeanours in 2010 and 2012.
The reaction from the online community after reading about Snr Const Frazer's situation was mixed, but overall, the majority of commenters were full of praise for the experienced cop and disappointed he'd been penalised for what they considered country-style, community-based policing.
"Mate, they want Robots these days..?" Andy Gillies wrote.
"Jeff is one of the best guys I know. Great cop and would do anything for his community!!!" Lisa James wrote.
"It is old school policing, which I wish would come back. I do not see anything wrong with what he has done and If more police took this approach maybe the community would change their attitude towards them," Helene Dyke said.
"Sounds like there should be more cops like this cop!! Old school yes maybe but certainly community minded, there for the people. Good on you!!" Doreen Anderson said.
But there were some concerned by the misdemeanours.
"He might need to rethink his vocation to community social worker. He's flaunting the law. If you don't want to play by the rules......just saying," Marette Palo wrote.
Snr Const Frazer said his story was a "good warning" if nothing else to other police.
He didn't think the penalty was meant to discourage community policing but was disappointed QCAT had not looked at his matters with a better understanding of the realities of policing.
He said plenty of friends and community members had reiterated their support for him yesterday and he would continue to police with close connections to the community.
"I work on moral grounds as well," Snr Const Frazer said.
QCAT was unable to provide comments on the matter while Police Minister Bill Byrne had no comment to make on matters of police discipline.
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