QPS accused of ‘discrimination’ against rookie with ADHD

He said the QPS still classifies ADHD as a mental illness, in the same category as schizophrenia, although medical professionals classify ADHD as a neurodevelopmental disorder.

He said these policies were outdated and strongly reinforced the stigma in the community about ADHD.

“The other day they had cops at my daughter’s school… How am I supposed to tell her that she can never be one of them because they just discriminate against you? That you’re not good enough for this,” Frost said.

“There’s absolutely no reason why I can’t perform the duties of a cop.

“I went to see two different doctors, my ADHD psychologist, and the other is a GP, and they both wrote official letters saying there’s absolutely no reason for this to affect my placement. as a cop.”

Frost paid over $2,000 in the process and several hundred dollars for appealing to QPS and Sonic Health Plus, the testing company used by QPS.

“It makes me physically sick to think that if one of my two children is diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime, I will have to sit them down and explain to them that they are not good enough for certain careers…”

Nicholas Frost

He also wrote several letters, including to Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll, where he detailed how he wanted to join after seeing the QPS. You are made for this campaign, because he said it underlined how much personal experiences make you a perfect officer. He said he had received no responses.

“There are all these cops who don’t understand because when they were growing up people with ADHD were crazy, that’s how they saw it,” he said.

“All of these opinions and guidelines that they have written off are misinformed and incorrect.

“Review ADHD policy. I’m not saying let everyone in, I’m just saying review on a case-by-case basis.

Frost launched an online petition, which by Friday afternoon garnered more than 2,000 signatures, calling on QPS to review the guidelines.

He said he has since heard of several police officers with ADHD, both in Queensland and overseas, who are currently serving and taking the same drug.

A QPS spokeswoman said that as of June 10, the medical standards had been approved after being independently reviewed and updated to ensure best practice, were evidence-based and aligned with the roles required for the police and to meet police and community expectations.

“To determine its ability to fulfill the true professional requirements of the police, candidates diagnosed with a type of attention deficit/predominantly inattentive hyperactivity disorder (formerly known as attention deficit disorder) will be assessed at on a case-by-case basis, with a final decision based on the person’s history, symptoms, treatment and future prognosis,” the spokesperson said.

“Medical standards state that the applicant must obtain a full report from a psychiatrist
or psychologist specializing in that specific disorder detailing the nature and severity of the disorder,
as well as information about any treatment (eg, medication, therapy) and side effects.

“The use of amphetamine-based drugs is of particular concern. This report is then assessed to determine if the person’s diagnosis could potentially lead to impairment of executive functions essential to the maintenance of operational order, including training in the use of firearms.

The spokeswoman said ADHD was not compared to other medical diagnoses such as schizophrenia and that due to confidentiality rules, the SPQ was unable to disclose the medical conditions of its members current.

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