Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Steve Watts

Dr Steve Watts

D.Crim j., MSc., Dip. App Crim I(Cantab)


Dr Steve Watts has a record of achievement and delivery in both strategic and operational contexts in Policing, Strategic Planning, Leadership, Resilience, Security and Risk Management.

A highly experienced and effective strategic leader and operational policing commander, in a varied and active career in UK policing for over 31 years, he ultimately served at a strategic level as a Chief Officer, responsible with the directing board for running one of the largest non-metropolitan Police Forces in the country. He had particular responsibility for strategy and delivery of Specialist Operational Policing; ‘Protective Services’ as well as holding many significant regional and national responsibilities.  A high level knowledge of law, practice and procedure, particularly in respect of the investigation of Major Crime, Critical Incident Management, Command and Control and Counter Terrorism and across the spectrum of policing including Strategic Planning, Performance Management and Operational Policing delivery. Regularly acted as ‘Gold’ Strategic Commander for Policing response, and delivery including the coordination of a multi-agency response and leadership of the British war crimes investigation operation in Kosovo.

Following his extensive policing career, he undertook a full-time role as Chief Strategic Policing Advisor to Abu Dhabi Police. Following which he has provided consultancy and advice to commercial organisations and governments across the world.

Dr Watts holds a Doctorate in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Investigative Psychology, as well as a Diploma in Applied Criminology, Diploma in Police Management and a Diploma in Security & Risk Management. He is a Certified Business Systems Analyst and an EFQM Excellence Assessor.

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  • Associate Degree in Policing Practice

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  • International Comparative Policing Governance

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Other Information

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management
  • Fellow of the Security Institute

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Canter, D. & Alison, L. (2000) Behavioural Consistencies in Armed Robberies  (eds) Profiling Property Crimes pp.77-108: Ashgate

Watts, S. (2005) Investigating Deaths in Healthcare Settings. The Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation 1.1 pp 37-51 :Centrex

Watts, S. (2019) Operational independence: Are Police and Crime Commissioners Overstepping the Mark? Policing Insight June 2019

Watts, S. (2019) Time for a re-think: The experiment in direct democracy isn’t working. Policing Insight June 2019

Watts, S. (2020) Welcome to Hotel Australia: Policing the quarantine of those returning to Australia during the lockdown. Policing Insight June 2020.

Watts, S. (2021) Digital evidence management can deliver results for policing, victims and communities. Policing Insight February 2021

Steve is also  immortalised as a lead character in the ‘DI Faraday’ series of crime novels by Graham Hurley

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