WARNING: Story contains mentions of domestic violence and lewd remarks.
Queensland Police have been forced to apologise for the behaviour of two officers who were caught making lewd comments about a domestic violence victim after one accidentally pocket-dialled the woman from his patrol car.
A recording of the officers in which the two men spoke about the woman saying she had a "great set of tits", took place in May, 2022 but was made public earlier this week. The two were discussing a callout to the woman's home, where she was found naked, after a domestic violence incident.
Officers leave voicemail after 'pocket-dialling' woman who called for help
It's understood the offensive conversation was sent to the woman's voicemail, who had earlier called one of the officers for help, 7News reported.
"I just saw it on the body worn [camera]," one of the officers is heard saying in audio clip obtained by the network.
"Naked?" a second officer responds. "F*****g great".
"She had a great set of tits," the first officer continues. "She had no pants on or nothing. When she was in the house she took her gown off and was just walking around with no clothes on. F**k she had a great set of tits."
It's understood the two continued on to discuss the woman's mental health throughout the call, labelling her "crazy".
Call 'taints entire organisation', top cop says
Speaking of the incident, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the call "was unacceptable", and that "it taints the entire organisation.”
“Police are only human, and sometimes make some pretty bad mistakes,” Assistant Commissioner Brian Swan told 7News.
In a statement provided to Yahoo News Australia, a Queensland Police spokesperson said the two officers "were not aware at the time the call had not disconnected".
"Gold Coast District Management became aware on November 18, 2022, an accidental placement of a call on a mobile phone by officers who attended the address had occurred," the spokesperson said.
"After [police] spoke with the solicitor representing the woman... a copy of the recording was provided. The matter related to inappropriate comments officers made in a conversation between themselves in the privacy of a police vehicle.
"The conversations and attitude of the officers was not in line with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) values and expectations, with the matter the subject of a disciplinary investigation."
Officers subjected to training after disciplinary investigation
The spokesperson said the "disciplinary investigation was finalised earlier this year" with the officers being given "managerial guidance" in regard to their conduct.
"This involved the officers articulating their understanding of how their conduct did not reflect the values of the QPS, and additional training and education around professionalism and ethical conduct provided," the spokesperson said.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, later had a second run-in with police, where she allegedly kneed an officer after trying to escape a mental health assessment at a Gold Coast hospital. She was arrested and charged.
The recording comes amid an inquiry into Queensland Police's response to family and domestic violence, which revealed issues of sexism and misogyny in the force.
If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, find help by calling 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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