Sound of silence all we hear on police comms centre
THE SILENCE is deafening when it comes to concrete news about the future of the Ipswich police communications centre.
The hierarchy of the Queensland Police Service made the decision back in July to move the centre to Brisbane and emailed staff to that effect.
It was an e-mail that unleashed a furore and was hailed a retrograde step by Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers, who addressed the 27 upset staff impacted by the decision and other police at a rally out the front of Yamanto Police Station.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk then ordered Police Commissioner Ian Stewart not to go ahead with the move until further consultation was held.
That consultation has been going on for four months and Mr Leavers told the QT the lack of progress was disappointing.
"I have been extremely frustrated at the lack of progress by the police department that has happened in the last four months however I am speaking with the Premier on this issue and I am hopeful of a resolution soon," Mr Leavers said.
The QT asked the Premier's office for more details on the consultation.
A government spokesman said "consultation with key stakeholders is continuing and we're working towards a 'win-win' outcome".
"We are confident of reaching an outcome in a timely manner," the spokesman said.
A well placed source in Ipswich told the QT comms staff were frustrated at the lack of information and remained in limbo about their futures.
"People are asking just about every day what is happening but we have no idea at all," the source said.
"I know as much as you do. It would be good if the staff were told.
"Then they would be a lot more relaxed about their futures.
"Everyone was screaming blue murder when it all came out but there has been no hint at all about what their plans are since."
The source said there had been some talk of a dispatch centre remaining in Ipswich with the calls to be taken by a relocated communication centre in Brisbane.