Katie Scott, Victoria Police 2019 AB Member of the Year

Katie Scott, 2019 AB Member of the Year

Australasian Branch President, Mark Pollard, presents Katie Scott her 2019 Member of the Year Award, April 1st, 2019, Sydney.

Katie is an experienced Strategic Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the law enforcement industry. Skilled in Human Resources, Legal Advice, Civil Litigation, project management, Time Management, and Legal Research. Strong business development professional with a LLB and BComm focused in Law and Commerce from Deakin University.

Katie is a relatively new member having only joined the Association in early 2017. But since that time she has been actively involved in IAATI and is using IAATI’s network and resources where possible.

Katie was a member of the Organising Committee for the 2017 National Vehicle Crime Conference jointed hosted by IAATI / National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council and Victoria Police. This conference was tremendously successful in bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together to discuss a range of issues affecting vehicle crime. Later that year Katie attended the 2017 International Seminar in Cape Town, South Africa, where she took advantage of the networking opportunities to establish contacts with a number of important experts from around the world. She presented at our 2019 Australasian Seminar in Sydney – where she will be presented on some exciting work VicPol is doing with VicRoads to enable and link electronic vehicle identification with license plate cameras. Katie will also be presenting at IAATI’s 2019 International Vehicle Crime Conference and Expo in Glasgow later this year.

Most importantly Katie has been the driving force behind the development of Victoria Police’s Vehicle Crime Strategy. In mid 2015 and throughout 2016 Victoria experienced a sharp increase in the level of vehicle theft across the state. The increase coincided with some changes around the handling of bail, particularly for juveniles; with a perception about the way Police were managing high speed pursuits; and an intensive media coverage of the so called Apex Gang.  As political pressure mounted to deal with the spiralling increase in vehicle thefts and car-jacking’s, Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill was tasked with developing VicPol’s response. While the issue had officially been handed to Assistant Commissioner to resolve, like all good Executives, much of the hard work in developing a multi-faceted response and ensuring it was implemented fell to Katie who is the Strategic Adviser to Assistant Commissioner Hill.

It was this responsibility that brought IAATI to the Katie’s attention, particularly through her involving in the planning and organising of the jointly hosted Vehicle Crime Conference in Melbourne in 2017.

As mentioned above Katie is making extensive use of her local, national and international IAATI contacts to help her in her work. In particular she is using IAATI’s Auto Theft Prevention Authority Committee to communicate and exchange ideas and information with those IAATI members responsible for ATPA’s through North America and equivalent organisations all around the world.
Katie has embraced the benefits of IAATI and become an active member. She has taken full advantage of each of these opportunities and developed an extensive network of contacts around the world that she utilises in improve the outcomes for Victoria Police and Victoria’s citizens.