Deputy Commissioner Paul Taylor has announced his immediate resignation from the Queensland Police Service.
Deputy Commissioner Taylor has provided the following statement:
“I have been a dedicated member of the organisation for 45 years and cherished my time serving the community.
“Yesterday, an incident I was involved in at a conference was brought to the attention of the Commission of Inquiry into QPS responses to domestic and family violence. I am devastated about the impact this has had on the reputation of the Service, because it does not reflect my values, nor those of the organisation.
“It was never my intention to offend anyone, and I am deeply apologetic for the harm it has caused. I was remorseful immediately after the incident, and the Commissioner addressed the matter with me soon after.
“In the past two to three years, the Service has undergone an incredible amount of change to enhance our culture, processes and how we deliver services. The public should have confidence that this is a great organisation, with terrific people who care so much about the community across the vast state.
“I have given my heart and soul to the QPS and I will forever be proud of what I have achieved in my career.
“I would like to thank all my colleagues, particularly in north and regional Queensland, who have supported me in my role as Deputy Commissioner. I am extremely grateful to have worked with you all, and I know you will continue to do a fantastic job keeping Queenslanders safe.”