Biography

In 2005, I was appointed to the Fraud & Corporate Crime Group as a Detective Senior Constable.  I was the principal investigator in many complex fraud complaints and was later appointed to the Training, Development and Fraud Prevention Unit. This involved developing and facilitating specific courses and presenting on fraud and identity theft.  The development of courses included putting together training material in written format, preparing PowerPoint presentations and developing scenarios based on real-life examples.  The courses were designed to meet the diverse needs of, for example, the police service, private companies, government agencies and community groups such as Rotary, National Seniors Associations and Probus Clubs. 

Presenting to a wide range and variety of people demands exceptional communication and entertainment skills to take into account everyone’s unique learning capabilities.  On average, I delivered three presentations a week to community groups.  I worked closely with the Minister of Justice and the Police Minister (I refer to attached letter of commendation by then Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Sport, Ms Judy Spence MP) .

Having identified that the investigative interviewing and statement preparation techniques employed by the QPS would greatly assist external investigators to conduct investigations to a very high standard, I also developed and facilitated training courses in investigative interviewing for external agencies.. I delivered 11 of these courses with approximately 500 participants coming from nearly all Queensland State Government departments, most Queensland local councils, Immigration and Customs, financial and insurance organisations, New Zealand Government agencies and government agencies in the Solomon Islands.

I have participated in many radio, television and print media interviews on fraud prevention issues.  These include the Courier Mail, the ABC radio and regional media organisations when I travelled to regional areas such as Cairns, Bundaberg, Kingaroy and the Sunshine Coast to deliver fraud prevention education presentations.  I had an interview published in the Australian Property Investors Magazine and the Queensland Law Society journal.

I have trained other police officers and Volunteers in Policing in public speaking skills to enable them to deliver information on fraud prevention.

 

I delivered Identity Fraud and Advanced Fee Fraud presentations at international conferences such as the Advanced Fee Fraud Symposium and the Identity Theft Symposium sponsored by the QPS.

List of Talks with Powerpoint

Topic 1

The Father of Forensics Science  

Sir Bernard Spilsbury’s groundbreaking cases and the beginnings of modern CSI.  With a career spanning forty years and some 20,000 autopsies, the charismatic Spilsbury fascinated—and to this day continues to fascinate—a broad audience.

‘Spilsburyism’, his unquestioned authority, was blamed for the execution of innocents.

 

Topic 2

Burke and Wills

The heroic and tragic story of Australia’s most famous overland exploration which stretched over 3000 kilometres from north to south. Led by an ambitious but arrogant and inexperienced leader of men, this is the poignant story of the dire consequences of a lack of knowledge and bush skills, a missed rendezvous.

 

Topic 3

Scams

What are they? What’s the psychology behind scams?  Victim profiles – do you fit the profile?  How can you avoid being a victim? Advanced Fee Fraud, Lottery Scams, Romance Scams and how the internet has enhanced a scammer’s capacity to reach victims.

 

Topic 4

Identity Theft

What is it? How can your identity be stolen and how it is used for criminal purposes.  What are the consequences?  The cost of $250,000 to re-establish your identity.  Ten things you can you do to protect yourself.

 

Topic 5

Bernard O’Reilly

The unassuming Australian farmer and bushman extraordinaire who became an air disaster hero.  When an airplane crashed in mountainous jungle, all but Bernard O’Reilly believed it had crashed into the sea. Traversing the harshest of mountainous country with no guide other than his bushmanship, he located the wreck and arranged the evacuation of the survivors.

 

Topic 6

The Great Barrier Reef

7th Natural Wonder of the World, the Great Barrier Reef has 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres.  It is home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to whales weighing more than 100 tonnes, and supports:

  • 1625 species of fish, including 1400 coral reef species

  • more than 3000 species of molluscs (shells)

  • 630 species of echinoderm (starfish, sea urchins)

  • 14 breeding species of sea snakes

  • 215 species of birds including 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds

  • six of the world's seven species of marine turtle

  • 30 species of whales and dolphins

  • one of the world's most important dugong populations

  • 133 species of sharks and rays

  • ....and much more

Modern Investigative Interviewing

It’s not torture or stand-over tactics.  Discover modern ethical methods of investigative interviewing where the focus has changed from eliciting a confession to discovering the truth without threat or coercion which in the past often secured false confessions. Experience the psychology of memory and how it relates to being interviewed. 

Australia’s most notorious bushrangers

Everyone knows Ned Kelly but there were many others including Ben Hall, Captain Starlight,  'Bold' Jack Donohoe, the 'Wild Colonial Boy', immortalised in song, and Daniel Morgan, ie Mad Dan Morgan. 

Rodney Shelton B.Ed.

Former Police Detective