Civil libertarians have criticised a proposal to sack police officers if they are convicted of drink-driving.So, officers who are convicted of drink driving could earn less pay and miss out on promotion?
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson is expected to release a new policy this week following a number of drink-driving offences by off-duty police.
Eight officers have been caught driving over the limit this year.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman said dismissing police convicted of drink-driving was harsh and amounted to "double punishment".
"Drink-driving disqualification periods generally are onerous and in some cases have a harsh flow-on effect on employment and family financial stability if a person as a result of losing a licence can't work," he said.
"This is as true for police as it is for the general community."
Mr O'Gorman said police convicted of drink-driving already faced being taken off the road and given desk jobs, often resulting in less pay.
Officers could also miss out on promotion, he said.
How sad for them.
What about if they use racist language and are convicted?
Or shoplift a Snickers Bar?
Police officers who drink drive have no place in the police force, as they obviously have disdain for the law.
They should be sacked let alone lose pay and promotion.