Ken Moroney

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Kenneth Moroney
19th Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
In office
29 May 2002 – 31 August 2007
Preceded by Peter James Ryan
Succeeded by Andrew Scipione
Personal details
Born (1946-08-18) 18 August 1946 (age 68)
Glebe, New South Wales
Alma mater Macquarie University

Kennneth Edward Moroney AO APM (born 18 August 1946) was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force in New South Wales, Australia from 2002 until 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Born in the inner-Sydney suburb of Glebe, Moroney moved with his family to the south-western suburb of Villawood as a child in the 1950s. He completed his schooling at De La Salle, Bankstown. He has undergraduate and post-graduate university qualifications.

In 1965 he joined the police force and was first posted in Liverpool. Moroney then served more than 14 years in country postings at Lismore and West Wyalong. Between 1987 and 1990 he was director of training at the New South Wales Police Academy in Goulburn.

Two of his three sons followed him into the force. One is a senior sergeant at Green Valley, New South Wales in Sydney and another is a detective senior constable at the Counter-Terrorism Co-ordination Command.

Career Progression[edit]

Moroney joined the New South Wales Police Force in 1965 as a Probationary Constable with the No 22 Division (Liverpool, New South Wales). In 1973 he undertook a variety of general duty command roles in regional stations at Lismore, Coraki and West Wyalong, before being promoted to Senior Constable in 1974 and then Sergeant in 1981.

In 1987 he was promoted to Superintendent and was the director of recruitment and constable development at the New South Wales Police Academy in Goulburn. In 1990 he was appointed chief-of-staff to Police Commissioner John Keith Avery and then Tony Lauer. In 1997 he was given the job of City East region commander. Five years later he was appointed a senior deputy commissioner. He replaced Peter James Ryan as Police Commissioner in 2002, having been selected for the position by the New South Wales Premier Bob Carr.[1]

As Police Commissioner, Moroney has worked under four police ministers: Michael Costa (2001–2003), John Watkins (2003–2005), Carl Scully (2005–2006) and David Campbell (2007–2008).


Moroney's qualifications include a Master of Arts Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Justice Administration from Charles Sturt University.

He also graduated from the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia.[2]


  • On 15 April 1981 he was awarded the National Medal.[4] On 28 May 1992 he was awarded the 1st clasp[5] and on 4 September 2001, he was awarded the second clasp.[6]
  • On 26 January 2006 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "service to policing and law enforcement as Commissioner of Police in New South Wales, particularly through implementing reforms to reduce crime and increase public confidence; and for contributions to national security issues".[7]

Moroney has also been awarded three New South Wales Police Force Commissioner's Commendations for Service, he is a recipient of the New South Wales Police Medal and the New South Wales Police Olympic Citation.[citation needed]

He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Sturt University.[8]


Ken Moroney retired on 31 August 2007. Long-standing Deputy Commissioner Andrew Scipione became the new Police Commissioner effective from 1 September 2007.[9]

Though retired from policing Moroney is the Director of a company called Nemesis Consultancy Group, leading investigations around the world.[10]


Police appointments
Preceded by
Peter James Ryan
Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
2002 - 2007
Succeeded by
Andrew Scipione