Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has described the last two years as the most challenging in the state’s policing history, and the next few weeks are expected to be the busiest.

She said while demands have been high for Queensland Police throughout the pandemic, she has no regrets in taking the top job.

“The two-year period has been relentless, the challenges haven’t stopped, that’s been the most difficult part,” Ms Carroll said.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll. (9News)

The Queensland Police Service has been tasked with manning borders, monitoring hotel quarantine and enforcing COVID compliance.

Ms Carroll said whilst COVID-19 has dominated headlines, there have been other issues that remain front of mind for police officers.

She said youth crime remains an important problem throughout the state.

Commissioner Carroll described the last two years as the most challenging in the state's policing history.
Commissioner Carroll described the last two years as the most challenging in the state’s policing history. (9News)

“You have a small percentage who commit most of the crime. So if we can concentrate on them in the new youth justice framework, I think we are getting good traction in that space,” she said.

When asked if she was sick of COVID-19, she answers that years of police work are always tough.

“You get tired, you get very tired. You cannot go like this at this pace and speed over the years without getting tired,” Ms Carroll said.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll with former US President Barack Obama.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll with former US President Barack Obama. (9News)

“It has been one of the most challenging years in the QPS history.”

Source: 9News

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