|18th Chief Commissioner
of Victoria Police
4 January 1993 – 9 March 2001
|Preceded by||Kel Glare|
|Succeeded by||Christine Nixon|
|Born||Murray Neil Comrie
10 March 1947
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
|Alma mater||RMIT University
Neil Comrie joined Victoria Police in 1967, continuing a family line of Victorian police officers including his father and grandfather. Working his way through the ranks, he succeeded in attaining several high-ranking positions in the Queensland Police Force. In 1980 Neil studied at the State College of Victoria at Coburg (which later became part of RMIT University) to complete an Associate Diploma in Criminal Justice Administration. Later he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Police Studies) degree at Deakin University. He was appointed Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police in 1993, succeeding Commissioner Kel Glare.
In May 2000, Comrie considered resigning after facing political pressure from police minister Andre Haermeyer to appoint assistant commissioner Noel Ashby to the vacant position of deputy commissioner, over Comrie's preferred candidate Peter Nancarrow. In December, Comrie announced his retirement from Victoria Police, two years before the end of his contract. Ashby and Nancarrow were considered, but a panel consisting of Premier Steve Bracks, Haermeyer and Lynne Kosky eventually unanimously selected Christine Nixon as his successor.
In 2005, Comrie was appointed by the Commonwealth Ombudsman to investigate and report on the circumstances around the unlawful deportation of Australian citizen Vivian Solon to the Philippines. His report, "Inquiry into the Circumstances of the Vivian Alvarez Matter" was released in October, and was critical of the "catastrophic" handling of the case by the Department of Immigration.
- 1972 – Awarded Queen's Police Medal (QPM) in the New Year Honours list
- 1994 – Awarded Australian Police Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list
- 2000 – Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community as the Chief Commissioner of Police in Victoria, particularly through the development of strategies to address community safety issues, crime prevention measures and crime investigation.
- Alumni Profile: Neil Comrie APM AO, RMIT University.
- Chief police commissioner retires, Stateline Victoria (ABC), 8 December 2000.
- Silvester, John: Dangerous games: ex-police chief 'almost quit' over pressure to promote Ashby, The Age, 15 November 2007.
- Kirk, Alexandra: Immigration Dept handled Solon case catastrophically: Report, The World Today (ABC Local Radio), 6 October 2005.
- Neil Comrie Announced As Bushfires Royal Commission Interim Report Implementation Monitor, Premier of Victoria, 4 November 2009.
- COMRIE, Murray QPM, It's an Honour.
- COMRIE, Murray Neil, It's an Honour.
|Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police