Tanvir Brar, who was employed as a Probationary Constable in Queensland Police, has failed to get his job back in a case heard at Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).
Mr Brar was accused by the State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) of unprofessional personal conduct after a night out for his bachelor party.
Mr Brar said during a police interview:
“I was getting married, my family was coming from India and from Canada, and I was supposed to take my brother-in-law and everyone out when they arrive in Brisbane, and that’s the most embarrassing thing for me … that I’m banned from the venues and I work as a police officer.”
QIRC was shown CCTV footage that showed Mr Brar got into an argument with the manager after he was told to put his phone away.
Further, it was alleged bt the strip club staff that Mr Brar had been taking photos. However, this was unsubstantiated by police and Mr Brar claimed he was just checking cricket scores and messaging his wife.
The strip club staff member also alleged that Mr Brar had been aggressive. A claim that he denied.
It was revealed that the manager then asked Mr Brar to leave and in this process also pushed him towards the stairs.
The manager banned Mr Brar from the venue thus resulting in a 12-month ban on him entering other licensed premises.
After finding about the ban, Mr Brar went to the Surfers Paradise police station and lodged a complaint with the reporting officer.
The duty officer, Constable Alex Hommema, told investigators that Mr Brar was intoxicated and arrogant, and also told him how to do his job: “just put it on QPRIME”.
It was alleged that Mr Brar then used his powers to access QPRIME police records on nine occasions without authorisation that included the club manager’s home address.
The QIRC noted:
“Mr Brar utilised police resources to benefit himself, stating the only reason he made a complaint was to try and have the banning notice removed, it was not from any genuine concern arising from an assault.”
He was convicted of computer hacking after pleading guilty.
Mr Brar in his plea submitted to the QIRC noted that his termination from Queensland Police was harsh, unjust, or unreasonable.
He claimed at QIRC and during the investigation that the manager abused them: “You four Indian creepy bastards, get the f— out of my place”.
Assistant Commissioner Charysse Pond in her investigation observed that Mr Brar had been argumentative, aggressive, and rude.
She added that given that Mr Brar was on a probationary period he was not suitable to be a constable in the Queensland Police Force.
The QIRC found QPS’s decision to terminate Mr Brar’s employment was formed on reasonable grounds.