The latest comes from Fairfax which reports a chase may have breached strict police pursuit policy, amid further analysis that the Rapid Action and Patrols Group is not the “elite” group the show claims it to be.
The Eyeworks production showed two officers from the RAP Group pursuing the driver of a stolen vehicle.
RAP began operating on May 1st and comprises 100 officers, but only two team leaders are former detectives, while 31 officers are new second-year Constables. Fairfax reports it has arrested 2070 offenders on 3051 charges between May 1 and September 29 this year. 43% were drug-related while 38% were traffic-related and 5% related to public nuisance offences.
RAP is required to report only to the Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing under its governance model.
Bond University criminologist and former Gold Coast detective Dr Terry Goldsworthy told the newspaper, “They’re essentially all general duties officers. The only differentiation is that the RAP doesn’t get tied up on jobs, they’re much more proactive, whereas other general duties officers are reactive and clean-up the paperwork of the jobs that aren’t high priority, like traffic infringements [and] domestic violence cases.”
The group’s commander Superintendent Jim Keogh says the term “elite” has never been applied to RAP, despite it being used in relation to the show.
“No, no, no, no…we’ve never used the term elite,” he said.
“They’re certainly dedicated, they’re certainly professional and they’re certainly hard-working. If you want to put a brand name on them as being elite, well that’s up to the individual.”