Gold Coast cop fails in bid to keep his job

A Queensland police officer who urinated on a patrol car and gave a colleague dog food has had an appeal against his sacking dismissed.

Former constable Anthony Richard Francis was fired for a string of conduct breaches committed while stationed on the Gold Coast between 2006 and 2010.

Mr Francis’ behaviour was investigated in 2011 and he was demoted the following year, transferred to a different station and suspended without pay for a year after the claims were substantiated.


The investigation found the officer of 10 years had used a patrol car to pick up friends from an airport and urinated on a patrol car.

He also gave a gift-wrapped bowl and a can of dog food to a colleague at a work Christmas function because he suspected the officer had reported him to his boss.

Mr Francis also accessed police records on several occasions for personal reasons, including to help a friend find a stolen car and find a burglar who had broken into his own home.

Mr Francis’ appeal against that decision was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on Friday.