Qld govt ambivalent about police watchdog

The Queensland government is ambivalent about a new police watchdog recommended in a scathing report on police culture and domestic violence.

A Commission of Inquiry on Monday called for a restructure of the Queensland Police Service to fix its "inadequate" and "inconsistent" policing of domestic violence.

Judge Deborah Richards' report said a "culture of fear and silence" had fostered sexism, racism and misogyny in the force.

It detailed cases of bullying, harassment, abuse and assault in the QPS with victims afraid of speaking out and perpetrators softly disciplined by colleagues.

Judge Richards has recommended a new independent integrity unit be set up to deal with all complaints involving police.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is ambivalent about a new watchdog, saying a new public sector complaints "clearing house" is planned in line with the Coaldrake integrity report earlier this year.

"So of course, we'll be looking at all of those reviews that Peter Coaldrake did have, those recommendations, and then government will of course be putting in the resources that are needed," she told reporters on Wednesday.

The premier said the police watchdog, the Ethical Standards Command, was looking at hiring more psychologists to help people making complaints about police.

When asked if there would be civilians in a new integrity unit, she said that would be considered by Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski and former Queensland agent-general Linda Appelt, who has been appointed to oversee the restructure of the QPS.

Liberal National Party police spokesman Dale Last said the domestic violence policing report revealed police numbers had dropped by 12, a claim the government has pushed back on.

Mr Last said he doubted the government would enact Judge Richards' 78 recommendations, and called for consequences if it did not.

"This is crucial, there are lives dependent on these recommendations being implemented," Mr Last told reporters.

"Women and children will die if this is not implemented in Queensland, and we want to know, I want to know, Queenslanders want to know, what is this minister doing about that."

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the opposition was relying on moment-in-time data that did not take into account officers on rostered days off or leave.

He said police numbers were increasing above an attrition rate of between four and five per cent.

In the 2020/21 financial year, 326 people left the QPS and 443 graduated from the academy , Mr Ryan said.

The following year, 465 officers left and 608 graduated.

"I'm told the pipeline of recruits coming on is the strongest it's been in almost two years," he said.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll admitted police services nationwide were trying to manage labour challenges.

"We're in the same boat, we're all trying to recruit," she said.

"In fact, many of us are trying to poach from each other."