Detective Inspector Colin Riley is a firm believer in balancing practical experience with academic study. He has completed two degrees at the University of Tasmania, a Bachelor of Science in 1994 and a Bachelor of Social Science in 2009. As well as graduating from the Australian Defence College Canberra in 2003 and the University of Canberra with a Master of Management in 2003.
“I joined Tasmania Police in 1994 and during my career with Police I have held positions in the uniform sections, Special Operations Group, Criminal Investigation Branch, Corporate Review Services and Human Resources. I am currently a Detective Inspector of Police, at the Criminal Investigation Branch, Eastern District."
“I was awarded a Department of Police and Emergency Management scholarship towards my Bachelor of Social Science, where I majored in Police Studies and Human Resource Management. This degree has greatly assisted me in dealing with the demands of policing and has provided me with skills to manage Police Officers in very stressful situations."
“I have been fortunate to be able to maintain a second career with the Australian Army for nearly 25 years. I started in the Army Reserve in Hobart as an infantry soldier and now I am a Commanding Officer of the 12/40 Battalion Royal Tasmania Regiment, and am responsible for 240 soldiers."
“I definitely wouldn’t have had such great experiences in my career if it wasn’t for the University of Tasmania. My studies have provided me with the underpinning theories to be successful in both of my chosen careers. These skills have enabled me to balance both of my careers and also family life with two children.”
Authorised by the Dean, Faculty of Arts
19 April, 2012