'I did nothing wrong': Cop defends misdemeanours
A SUNSHINE Coast cop who had his pay docked over a series of misdemeanours says he still feels he has done "nothing wrong".
Former Caloundra officer and now Maroochydore- based policeman Senior Constable Jeffrey Robert Frazer said he was unhappy with the outcome of his last avenue of appeal, a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision handed down on July 20.
Snr Const Frazer was appealing the penalty imposed on July 22 last year by the Queensland Police Service following its investigations into a number of disciplinary matters involving him.
Between June, 2012 and December, 2012 Snr Const Frazer was found to have "accessed and released official and confidential information without an official purpose" through intelligence reports, police and traffic-related information of 20 people before releasing information to eight of those 20.
He said he'd only given the information out to people he could identify and that he'd done it to try and prevent people driving unlicensed, pointing out he hadn't given the information to any third party or benefited from it in any way.
Between April 2010 and November 2010 the 54-year- old policeman who has served eight years in NSW and about 20 in Queensland was also found to have misused police resources and been absent from his duties on a string of occasions.
Among them, Snr Const Frazer had picked up a friend in Warana in a police vehicle and driven them to a boat party at Mooloolaba Spit while rostered for traffic duties at the Caloundra Police Station.
Snr Const Frazer also boarded the boat without authorisation.
He admitted that was "something I shouldn't have done", but said he was not absent from his duties, available on his radio at all times and that he'd gone on board to say hello and head off again.
"It can't be that black and white that you can't talk to a friend if you see one," he said.
Snr Const Frazer said it wasn't uncommon to be out of his division either.
"In reality, we leave that area all the time," he said
On another occasion Snr Const Frazer, while on general duties at Caloundra Station, had headed to a home in Kawana Forest where he said a friend needed help, in a situation that was potentially turning violent.
Snr Const Frazer's two colleagues left him at the home, heading back to Baldwin St, Caloundra to make an arrest while Snr Const Frazer drove a woman from Kawana Forest to Alexandra Headland where his colleagues later came and picked him up.
He said technically the way to "do it" would've been for the woman to call the police but he had gone there to help her and resolve the situation.
Not long after that Snr Const Frazer was again rostered on general duties at Caloundra when he went out on an inquiry, ending up at a Minyama Island house party where he stayed for 20 minutes after transporting two people from Mountain Creek to the party.
Snr Const Frazer said he'd again been available via police radio and had entered the party to talk with people to sort a venue out for a police charity event having been unable to tee up a time to discuss prior.
QCAT member Dr Cullen found the penalty imposed by Assistant Commission Mike Condon, who reduced Snr Const Frazer's pay point to the tune of about $7200 in the first 12 months, was appropriate.
However, Snr Const Frazer said his penalty had been too high and expected the reduction in income to end up costing him closer to $30,000, including the impact on his superannuation.
Snr Const Frazer said he'd been on reduced pay for the past 12 months since the July 22, 2015 penalty was imposed and while he had retained his rank and could once again earn promotions, the loss of income had put paid to his retirement plans.
He said he had no issue with the QPS, but was disappointed at the decision of the tribunal, arguing a straight fine via penalty units rather than reduced pay was an adequate penalty.
"I've always been a community-based police officer," he said.
"Being too friendly is the only thing that's got me into any disciplinary problems over the years.
"I still don't feel like I've done anything wrong."
Snr Const Frazer's previous disciplinary issues mentioned in the QCAT decision included Snr Const Frazer drinking alcohol at the Caloundra Police Station while in 2008 and 2009 he was cautioned in relation to transporting civilians.
Another incident involved Frazer being absent from duty for two hours to play sport.
Snr Const Frazer said he'd organised time off earned through "countless hours" worked outside rostered duties through his Blue Light Disco and Crime Stoppers work to play in a beach volleyball semi-final after players had pulled out at short notice before the game.
"I told everyone where I was going," he said.
Snr Const Frazer said he was determined to continue his community-first approach to policing and clear his name for anyone who may question his integrity.
"I can sleep at night, I've got huge support out in the community," he said.
"I've certainly broken the rules but I don't believe to that extent the penalty is warranted."