Queensland was the fifth state or territory to gain its own Police Department, two years after the New South Wales Department came into being, four years after separation from our southerly neighbours and three months after the 1863 Police Act was assented to by the Queensland Parliament. The initial machinations, policy and procedures do not differ markedly from those experienced by New South Wales or Victoria who predate us; however the differences in geography and distance, make this state unique.
Queensland has an area of 1,727,000 square kilometers, is the second largest state in Australia and boasts varied geographical features with an environment that includes a little too much drought and flooding rain. Over that last 150 years police officers have been drawn from a population of unique Queenslanders bred to cope with the everyday and with adversity.
Our police history is endlessly fascinating and these two quotes, by Queensland Police Commissioners of the past, aptly illustrate just how far policing has come since 1864.
‘I am quite unable to indicate how women could be advantageously employed in the Police Force . . . In any event; I can assure you that we have old women in sufficient numbers in the Police Force already’. Commissioner William Cahill 1911
‘… police make too much use of motor cars when they patrol their districts and this practice must be discontinued at once, unless urgency is essential’. Commissioner William Ryan 1929
There is a lot to discover under the Celebrate Our Achievements menu, we invite you to learn a little more about the history of the Queensland Police.