Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred has been stood down from duty.
Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred has been stood down from duty. Mike Knott

Bundaberg detective accused of leaking confidential info

DOCUMENTS have revealed the former head of Bundaberg police's Criminal Investigation Branch allegedly leaked confidential information and accepted gifts.

Detective Senior Sergeant Joseph Reginald Hildred was stood down from duty last month and has been accused of inappropriately releasing official confidential information.

He has also been accused of allowing police resources to be used inappropriately and receiving gifts and benefits.

There was no further specific information on these alleged offences in documents tendered to the Brisbane Supreme Court.

But the documents revealed Det Hildred is among four other police officers in a civil case against the Police Commissioner.

The officers, from Mackay and the south eastern region, have all been stood down following allegations.

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Through their legal representatives in the police union, all of the officers have asked the commissioner's office to provide them with a document detailing the reasons why they have been stood down.

But the commissioner's office is fighting this.

The office has filed an application in the Supreme Court asking a judge to declare that the police officers are not entitled to make a request for a document that provides reasons why they were stood down or suspended.

This is still going through court processes.

Det Hildred was stood down from his duties after receiving an official notice on May 21 and was told to hand in equipment including his badge, gun, baton and handcuffs.

The following day, his legal representatives in the Queensland Police Union asked the commissioner to provide a document listing why they stood him down.

Det Hildred was the officer in charge of the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch.

He was also acting Inspector during the Bundaberg floods in 2013 and has previously worked in Goondiwindi.

- APN NEWSDESK


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