Deputy chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary. These views are however my own.
In 1983 he joined Avon & Somerset Constabulary starting his career in St Paul’s, Bristol. He held a variety of posts culminating in his final role as Head of Drugs & Crime Squads.
In 1997 he was promoted to Detective Superintendent in West Yorkshire Police where he managed a number of Force Crime departments. He moved to a Senior Investigating Officers role in Bradford and was subsequently promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent.
He was promoted to the post of Assistant Chief Constable in the West Midlands in April 2004 and took on the portfolio for Operations then from August 2008 moved to the portfolio for Crime.
His national responsibilities have included the Police use of DNA, creating the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre CEOP and reducing crime against students.
In 2006 to 2007 he was seconded to The Home Office (Immigration) as Strategic Director of Enforcement and helped to tip the balance of returning failed asylum seekers and increased the return of Foreign national Prisoners.
On his return to force from the Home Office he undertook the Operations Portfolio and transformed the force state of preparedness for critical incidents and acts of terrorism.
He is the lead nationally for Student Crime Reduction, E-Crime Prevention, and National Fraud Reporting Centre.
Stuart is President of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (www.polcyb.org)
In 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of his achievements in tackling online crime.
In June 2009 he became the Deputy Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary where he has strategic responsibility for Personnel and Development, Strategic Development, Professional Standards, Legal Services, Marketing and Media, I.T. and the Programme Management Unit.