Lack of respect for emergency services grows
THE Fraser Coast's top police officer has spoken out about the treatment of emergency services officers after two disgusting displays towards police and paramedics were revealed in court.
Reginald Ambrose Hooper was told he had no second chances after he yelled obscenities at paramedics before defecating on the floor of a holding cell, the Maryborough Magistrates Court heard.
A few days earlier the same court heard Blake Jundimara Williams, 17, screamed expletives at police after being told to move away from the entrance of a hotel.
Both men escaped with little more than a fine.
Wide Bay Superintendent Mark Stiles said this type of behaviour towards all emergency service officers was becoming more frequent.
"They are the people who are trying to save peoples lives," Supt Stiles said.
Supt Stiles said, unfortunately, abuse both verbal and physical towards police and emergency services was becoming increasingly common.
"It think it's a combination of things - including drug and alcohol use and respect is something which is no longer taught," he said.
The court heard Hooper shouted obscenities at two ambulance officers while they helped a patient at a hotel.
Police arrived and took Hooper into custody. He then defecated on the floor of the holding cell and wiped it on the door.
Hooper pleaded guilty to five charges including obstructing or hindering an ambulance officer.
"You should be ashamed and you should be sorry," Magistrate Smith said.
Hooper was fined a total of $1750.
A few days earlier police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk told the court police asked Williams to move away from the Tattersalls in Maryborough about 2.40am on July 25.
Sgt Quirk said Williams obliged and began to walk away.
"He then walked down the street and yelled out 'f*** the police'," Sgt Quirk said.
Magistrate John Smith fined Williams $750 and recorded no conviction.