(Adopted October 2014)
The Queensland Greens believe that:
1. All individuals have a right to a safe, peaceful existence, free from crime and fear of violence.
2. A just and effective law enforcement system protects the community, reduces the social impacts of crime, addresses the causes of crime, protects the human rights of victims, suspects and perpetrators and offers a range of interventions in addition to loss of liberty
3. Law enforcement practices should maximise effective apprehension of suspects whilst minimising violations of citizens’ rights.
4. Queensland should have strong effective gun control.
The Queensland Greens will:
1. Ensure law enforcement agencies will be trained to respect diversity by taking cultural and social sensitivities into consideration when dealing with the general public.
2. Adopt law enforcement and other social measures to address the over-representation of Indigenous Queenslanders in the criminal justice system as outlined in the Indigenous Queenslanders Policy.
3. Ensure that the system for the investigation and resolution of complaints is independent, transparent, accessible, effective, adequately resourced and timely.
4. Support the establishment of an independent body and the mechanisms for the prevention and investigation of corruption within the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
5. Support additional resourcing for the QPS to respond effectively to domestic and family violence, including increasing the availability and number of Domestic Violence Liaison Officers to ensure adequate supervision of general duties officers.
6. Ensure training and continued support for law enforcement officers in the successful resolution of situations without the use of firearms or Tasers wherever possible.
8. End the QPS practice of using sniffer dogs in public places to carry out stop and searches.
9. Ensure that appropriate and accessible support services are provided to members of the QPS to assist officers in living with the consequences of their dangerous and stressful work.
10. Stop and reverse any policies which result in the militarisation of law enforcement.
11. Develop a liaison system to allow the general public to deal with law enforcement officers who they feel more comfortable speaking with. (e.g. LGBTI Liaison Officers).
13. Review the use of firearms by security guards, so as to reduce the loss and theft of such firearms.