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Release date: Wed 4 February 2015

Last updated: Mon 27 April 2015

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Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright APM

Tim assumed the role of Acting Chief Commissioner on 1st January 2015.

He had been the Deputy Commissioner of Regional Operations from February, 2012. In that role he had overall leadership of the four operational Regions, Transit and Public Safety Command, and State Emergencies and Security Command. The portfolio covers around 10,000 staff, and includes responsibility for emergency-management, counter-terrorism, and specialist operational areas such as the SOG, Airwing, Boat Squad and Dog Squad.

Tim was Acting Deputy Commissioner (Specialist Operations) from July 2011 to February 2012.

He carries various representative roles on Crime Stoppers Australia, the Australia and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee, The Royal Humane Society of Australia, and the Victoria Police Provident Fund.

As an Assistant Commissioner, in 2009, he formed and led a team for the realignment of the police Regional boundaries, subsequently taking the lead of the new North West Metro Region in July 2010. 

The North West Metro Region covers Melbourne's northern and western suburbs and the CBD, a highly diverse community of 1.5 million people, that includes most of the State's major events and major sporting venues.

As a Superintendent Tim spent three months on assignment with Strathclyde Police in Scotland, led the development of Victoria Police's first five-year Strategic Plan ("the Way Ahead"), and the introduction of LiveScan fingerprint technology to Victoria Police. 

He has extensive experience in event leadership being the Operations Commander for the AFL Grand Final, the Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup, and the public policing for the Commonwealth Games. 

Tim's early policing was in Melbourne's northern suburbs, in uniform, criminal investigation, and plain clothes work. As a Sergeant and Senior Sergeant he also worked in community involvement and policy related areas. Community involvement continues to be a high priority and a key plank in his approach to policing.

Tim has participated in a number of change management projects and spent several months on assignments to other agencies including the Victorian Law Reform Commission and the Police Board of Victoria. 

He has been the Victoria Police liaison officer on a number of high level government reviews of Victoria Police. 

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management. 

In his private life he is a keen cyclist and volunteer supporter for community biking events. He is a proud father and grand-father. 

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