Stuart Bartels APM

Stuart Bartels APM

Executive Director

Stuart Bartels spent 36 years with the Western Australia Police implementing a number of transformative projects. Whilst serving in the Forensic Division as Assistant Divisional Officer Stuart led a major transformation, delivering reforms to Major Crime SOPs, analytical processes, judicial processes and forensic education and training; overseeing the professionalisation of WA Police Forensics through the introduction of graduate qualifications and workplace learning linked to task. In 2011 As Superintendent he delivered a $40 million Policing Logistics Operation for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Perth 2011) for which he received the Commissioner’s Commendation.

In 2014 Stuart began work on the WA Police ICT transformation, conceiving a Digital Policing vision aimed at synergising contemporary digital technology and frontline policing. In 2016 he was appointed the Acting Chief Information Officer and Acting Assistant Commissioner with a mandate to provide strategic support and corporate infrastructure to the WA Police, with an emphasis on the delivery of digital technologies and information to the frontline.

In 2018 as Commander for Metropolitan South, Stuart successfully transitioned the region into a restructured metropolitan policing model.

In 2019, Stuart brought his years of transformative experience to the Australian Institute of Police Management as Deputy Director, as they began the implementation of ‘Future Directions’, a vision of the future of public safety education as mandated by the ANZ police commissioners.  In November 2019, Stuart took on the role of Acting Executive Director and in October 2020 Stuart was appointed Executive Director.

Stuart’s qualifications began as Dux of the Police Academy in 1985 and include a Master of Public Policy and Administration; Bachelor of Science (Forensic Investigation) and he is a Graduate of the AIPM Police Leadership Strategy (PLS2). On the other side of the classroom, Stuart wrote, coordinated and for 10 years delivered the course, “Justice and Forensic Science” for the Edith Cowan University School of Business and Law. He has been awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) and the Commissioner’s Medal for Excellence.

Stuart is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys music and sport. He has a keen interest in Australian Football and is currently the patron of the WA Police Football team.