Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll Resigns

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Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll Resigns

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has announced her resignation, effective next Friday. Carroll has denied being a "scapegoat" amidst the state's recent crime surge.

Carroll, who became the first woman to hold the position in 2019, stated that her decision was made independently and was intended to allow "new leadership" to focus on the work of the Queensland Police Service (QPS). She declined to speculate on her potential successor.

Carroll's tenure has been marked by a significant increase in domestic violence and youth crime. Last week, she presented a proposal to the state cabinet, seeking expanded warrantless search powers and extended GPS ankle monitoring for young offenders. She also highlighted the QPS's "outstanding" response to youth crime, despite its rising prevalence.

Carroll further reflected on the emotional toll of recent tragedies, including the 2022 Wieambilla murders and the on-duty death of Senior Constable Dave Masters. Despite these challenges, she expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve Queensland.