Long-serving Queensland Police Service executive officer and Griffith University’s 2015 Arts, Education and Law Outstanding Alumnus of the Year — Peter Martin APM — is Queensland’s new Deputy Commissioner (Regional Operations).

He will take up the role on Monday, having spent the past 10 months as Assistant Commissioner for Organisational Capability Command.

In a statement issued by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Commissioner Ian Stewart said Assistant Commissioner Martin would bring a wealth of experience to the position.

“Peter is an outstanding officer and senior manager who has excelled in a variety of roles over a number of years within the QPS Senior Executive,” said Commissioner Stewart.

Assistant Commissioner Martin has also served as Assistant Commissioner for Brisbane Region, the former Metropolitan North Region, Operations Support Command and Ethical Standards Command.

“It is an honour to serve the community and to work with police officers across the state who do a difficult job delivering safety and security to the people of Queensland,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Martin was born and raised in Brisbane and has served with the QPS for more than 36 years.

He holds an Executive Master’s degree in Public Administration through the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and Griffith University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Administration.

He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Health, School of Psychology and Counselling at Queensland University of Technology.

Assistant Commissioner Martin spent his early career stationed at Mareeba before relieving in one and two-officer stations in the Gulf area and then moving on to a number of uniform and detective positions.

He was awarded the Australian Police Medal on Australia Day 2008 for his contribution to policing in Queensland.

In 2010, Assistant Commissioner Martin was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at the George Mason University in Virginia, US. He is also the founding chair of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing.

Upon receiving the AEL Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award last year, Assistant Commissioner Martin said Griffith University had been pivotal to his career success.

“Much earlier in my career in the 1990s, I was an early adopter of tertiary education from a policing perspective and it was this association with Griffith University that has shaped me to be the person that I am today,” he said.

“Ultimately my level and rank within the organisation I attribute to my commitment and to tertiary education, and in particular I thank Griffith University for that.”