Stephen Brown

President - ANZSEBP, Deputy Commissioner (Operations), Western Australia

Mr Stephen A Brown APM, M.St (Cantab)

Deputy Commissioner (Operations)

Office of the Deputy Commissioner (Operations)

Western Australia Police

Awards:       Australian National Police Medal (APM)


Joining the Western Australia Police in 1983, Mr Brown’s 33 year police career has seen him serve as a general duties and traffic officer across metropolitan and country areas; and 11 years as a detective where he specialised in the investigation of organised criminal groups and homicide.

Promoted to commissioned rank in 2001 Mr Brown became the Senior Investigator within WA Police Royal Commission Investigation Team. Promoted to Superintendent in 2005, Mr Brown was instrumental in building the investigative capacity of the Internal Affairs Unit and delivering a number of the Kennedy Royal Commission’s reform recommendations.

In 2007 Mr Brown was appointed Superintendent in charge of the South East Metropolitan Police District and in that year he was awarded the Australian Police Medal for his services to the community.

In 2008, having led the South East Metropolitan Police District Mr Brown was promoted to Assistant Commissioner Traffic & Operations Portfolio and in 2009 he assumed responsibility of policing the Perth Metropolitan Region. In 2010 as Acting Deputy Commissioner (Operations) Mr Brown assumed the role of State Commander (Business Continuity) during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

In November 2012, Mr Brown was promoted to the position of Deputy Commissioner (Specialist Services & Reform) and appointed the executive lead for the Western Australia Police’ comprehensive and fundamental reform program - Frontline 2020. 

In 2016 Mr Brown as awarded a Master of Studies in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University. Mr Brown’s studies, which were directly supervised by internationally renowned Criminologist Professor Lawrence W. Sherman have been primarily focused on what works; what doesn’t; and what promising in Planning for an Agency-wide Tipping Point in Evidenced-Based Policing. 

In his spare time Stephen is the devoted husband of Mary (WA Police Superintendent State Operations Division); he has four children aged 33; 25; five and four years; he is a motorcycle enthusiast; lover of fine red wine; and restaurant-class chef.