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Steve Watts

Dr Steve Watts


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Steve Watts has over 35 years operational and strategic policing experience, having served at the highest level in one of the largest non-metropolitan Police Forces in England and Wales and latterly as a global policing, security and management consultant.

His police career was predominantly as a detective, culminating as Head of CID for Hampshire Constabulary, then Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations). He was active nationally and was inter alia; National Lead for Investigative Interviewing, Lead for the Investigation of Deaths in Health Care settings and Vice Chair of the ACPO Homicide Committee setting national policy for the way in which major crime was investigated and reviewed, and National Lead for Maritime Policing & Operations. He was also deployed internationally in Thailand and as the Commander of the UK War Crimes Investigation team in Kosovo in 2000.

In 2008, he was appointed the Chief Strategic Policing Advisor to Abu Dhabi Police in the UAE, responsible for advising upon and driving strategic and operational change across the force of 40,000 staff, working with Emirati colleagues, expat advisers and global consultancies to transform the organisation to a western/ UK policing model.

Since leaving the UAE, Steve has provided consultancy and training in policing, management, crime and counter terrorism in the UK and the Middle East including appointment as an EU Special Counselor and as such was engaged in reviewing and developing Strategic Planning and Operational Delivery to the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia.

Steve is now based with his family in New South Wales, Australia. Since arriving in Australia, Steve has continued to provide consultancy including supporting the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet Covid-19 response in the quarantining of Australians returning to Sydney. He is a Director of Policing Insight, a global policing knowledge platform, Director of Inner Armour which provides positive psychological support to emergency service workers and the military, and Strategic Advisor to NICE systems APAC, providing digitised criminal investigation systems. He is a visiting lecturer in policing for Charles Sturt University.