About the author

Jason Hartley is a consultant criminologist who specialises in multicultural solutions to criminal justice challenges.

In 2001, Jason completed a master's degree in criminology and criminal justice at Griffith University where he later became an academic member of staff. Jason also has tertiary qualifications in accounting, marketing, Asian studies and indigenous studies.

In 2008, Jason was invited by an elite forum (taumata) of tribal elders to become the strategic writer of the ground breaking Iwi Lead Crime Prevention Plan. Representing the most northern Māori tribes, Jason presented to the national heads of criminal justice in Wellington. Prior to this work, Jason had been contracted by the New Zealand Police to strategize ways of reducing the Māori prison population which work constituted much of Jason's journey of discovery among the Māori people. In this vein, Jason maintains that some of his greatest work satisfaction includes the delivery of indigenous based programmes to Māori prison inmates.

Jason was the head of the Asian Specialist Unit for the Queensland Police, and is further a graduate of the Vietnam National University with a degree in Vietnamese language and culture. Jason's unit was further awarded the most prestigious award in Policing for exceptional outcomes in Leadership and Community Policing (Commissioner's Gold Lantern Award).

Jason was a senior cultural advisor for the Queensland Police; and in response to the tragic events of September 11th was appointed State Islamic Liaison Coordinator with key role to build relationships and conduct problem solving in partnership with Islamic communities.

Jason further worked with the United Nations Drug Control Programme in Vietnam and was a guest lecturer at the Australian Defence Force School of Military Intelligence (Canungra) where he trained military personnel in methodologies to achieve outcomes in culturally diverse environments.
As a consultant, Jason continues to train police personnel for deployment duties in Timor Leste, Solomon Islands and Bougainville.

As a criminologist, Jason passionately believes that we cannot overcome our growing criminal Justice challenges until we base our problem solving on the entire spectre of human experience which he believes critically needs to recognise the human spirit.

Jason believes that the simplest things in life are also the source of life's greatest joys. In this regard, Jason's greatest joy is his wife Julianna and their four beautiful children.