Whistleblower Hotline Team

Mr Val Smith

Valentine (Val) Smith, served almost forty years in the Victoria Police as well as previous service in the Australian Commonwealth Police and the Military (RAAF). He is an experienced educator in community engagement, with an operations, investigation, intelligence and media related background.

He has many years of experience in understanding human behavior and diversity, with considerable expertise networking in the complex bureaucracies of the international arena. His operational police background includes metropolitan and country policing in uniform and Detective roles as well as being assigned as a lecturer and educator in ethics, workplace culture and community engagement at the Victoria Police Academy. He also spent sixteen years as an operational manager in the Crime Stoppers business at Victorian State, National and International levels.

His career included experience in designing, planning, implementing and managing National and International Crime Stoppers operations and international conferences.  He also has previous operational experience working with Interpol, the Australian Federal Police and other International Police Agencies including the United States Marshal’s Service, from whom he was recognized for his investigative excellence in international collaboration.

In the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours list, he was awarded the Australian Police Medal in recognition for his services to the Crime Stoppers Organisation. He also, twice, received the Crime Stoppers International (CSI) President’s award for service excellence and support to CSI.  In 2013 he retired from the Victoria Police as a Detective Senior Sergeant within the Intelligence Division.  He is now engaged as a private consultant for Stopline, specializing in investigations into illegal and unethical behavior in the Corporate and private sector.  As well as being an experienced speaker on communications, community information, workplace environmental awareness and professional integrity, he is an adviser on criminal activity, professionalism and ethics for Association Executive Services Inc.  Val has also developed a mentoring program for a major professional workers organisation.

Ms Tracie Mengler

Tracie is a former Victoria Police Detective with over 30 years experience in general policing, criminal investigations and more recently Crime Stoppers Specialist.

Tracie was employed by Crime Stoppers (Victoria) for over 25 yrs where she was responsible for the management of information received from the public and disseminating information reports (Victoria Police terminology) to Detectives and other specialist squads within Victoria Police State Intelligence Division.

Tracie’s specialist skills and experience at Crime Stoppers are a valuable contribution to Stopline because there is no other business that has two former Crime Stoppers specialists. Interviewing skills and being able to carefully articulate the conversation into a clear and concise report are her strengths.

Ms Hayley Smith

Hayley started working at Stopline in 2016 as a disclosure consultant.  Hayley has an extensive hospitality and events background which has led to her extremely high level and understanding of customer service, and strong communication skills. Hayley has worked in customer service management, where she was the first point of call for complaints and inquiries, and responsible for conflict resolution and has an ability to connect and relate to people of all ages and demographics.  Hayley’s 5 years of experience in events management, marketing and promotions has seen her involved in event logistics as well as client liaison for corporate, private and high profile clients.

Since joining Stopline, Hayley has completed in house training for cognitive interviewing techniques and has been involved in writing Stopline’s policies and procedures.  As well as assisting the MD with communication and marketing strategies, Hayley assists the Disclosure Manager in quality control for disclosure reporting and client liaison.  In her time at Stopline, Hayley has applied her experience in data analysis to create valuable statistical reports for client’s information and use which were released for the first time in 2016.  Hayley is currently enrolling in a diploma of marketing course where she hopes to gain further skills and knowledge which she can apply to her work at Stopline.

We are currently updating this page as we have other team members that have recently joined Stopline, Australia’s leading whistleblower and ethics hotline service.