The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
This new MOU will support Queensland police officers who serve as ADF Reservists.
Senator Feeney said the MOU will form the basis of a mutually understood approach to the employment of Queensland Reservists and better management of a shared workforce.
“Having a strong relationship with our nation’s police is extremely important because so many of our Reservists are also police officers. Managing a shared workforce can be challenging and this MOU will make the process easier,” Senator Feeney said.
“Reservists gain skills and experience that add to their existing qualifications and knowledge. This benefits both Defence and Australia’s police services,” Senator Feeney said.
Police Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart joined with the Head of Defence’s Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division Major General Paul Brereton to sign the MOU at Police Headquarters, Brisbane.
Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart said the Queensland Police Service welcomed the signing. He agreed that the MOU would strengthen the partnership between police and the ADF.
“We have about 220 QPS members who are Reservists. This shows not only their commitment to the community they serve but to Australia as well,” Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.
“Signing the MOU today supports their commitment to the Australian Defence Force. I am proud that the Queensland Police Service has police officers and staff members who are dedicated to protecting their community on a state and national level,” Major General Paul Brereton said.
The signing in Queensland follows previous agreements in Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
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