Andrew Scipione

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Andrew Scipione

Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force
In office
31 August 2007 – 31 March 2017
Preceded byKen Moroney
Succeeded byMick Fuller
Personal details
Born (1958-03-31) 31 March 1958 (age 61)
London, England[1]
Alma materMacquarie University

Andrew Phillip Scipione, AO, APM (born 31 March 1958) is a former police officer who served as Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force, succeeding Ken Moroney on 31 August 2007. He retired from the New South Wales Police Force on 31 March 2017. He was farewelled with a guard of honour and was marched out by 100 of his fellow officers.[3] His replacement as commissioner was Mick Fuller.


Scipione was born in London, England, on 31 March 1958 to an Irish mother and an Italian father. He immigrated to Australia with his family as an infant. He attended Padstow North Public School in South-West Sydney and left his high-school, Sir Joseph Banks High School, at the age of 14 due to his father's death. His first job after he left school, was as an electricians apprentice in Revesby.[citation needed]

Scipione is married to Joy Scipione, with whom he has three children. Two of his children are New South Wales police officers. Scipione is a devout Baptist who often speaks of his commitment to reducing alcohol fuelled-violence and domestic-violence.


Scipione joined the Australian Bureau of Customs in 1978 before moving to the New South Wales Police Force in 1980. He worked in a number of sections, including a secondment to the National Crime Authority of Australia in 1985, with Bankstown detectives, the Special Gaming Squad, Hurstville and Sydney City general duties. In 1992, Scipione became the Operations Controller of the Joint Technical Services Group (JTSG), in 1995 the Commander of the Special Technical Investigation Branch (STIB), in 1998 the Chief of Staff to then Police Commissioner Peter Ryan,[2] in 2001 the Commander of Special Crime & Internal Affairs. Scipione was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2002 having served as both the Deputy Commissioner Field Operations and Specialist Operations.[2]

Scipione holds a master's degree in Management from Macquarie University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute (2004). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Sydney.

Scipione played a crucial role as the head of the New South Wales Police Force for APEC Australia 2007 leaders week held in Sydney and the World Youth Day 2008 held in Sydney during July 2008.

In 2009, Scipione introduced the first official police Bible, saying "Our officers have a great deal of respect for our chaplains, and what better way to build on that relationship than to share the gospel?"[4][5]

Scipione extended his term as commissioner at the request of Premier Mike Baird, and was expected to remain until July 2017. However, in February 2017 Scipione announced he would retire earlier.[6] Scipione retired from the Police Force on 31 March 2017. On 30 March it was announced that Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller would replace him as NSW Police Commissioner.[7]

Honours and awards[edit]

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OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 13 June 2016, "For distinguished service to law enforcement as Commissioner of Police in New South Wales, through advancing the professionalism of policing and leadership of international investigations and counter terrorism activities.".
APM Australia ribbon.png Australian Police Medal (APM) 2003 Australia Day Honours [8]
NPSM Ribbon.jpg National Police Service Medal [8]
National Medal with Rosette.png National Medal & 1 Rosettes [8]

Scipione was awarded the National Medal on 8 November 1996,[9] and the Australian Police Medal (APM) on 26 January 2003.[10]

In addition to awards under the Australian Honours and Awards framework, he also holds a range of internal New South Wales Police Force awards, namely: NSW Police Commissioners Commendation and bar, NSW Police Medal with 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th clasps; NSWPF Commissioners Unit Citation & star, NSWPF Commissioners Olympic Citation and NSWPF Commissioners Sesquicentenary Citation.[8]


  1. ^ "Stateline NSW". 29 June 2007. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "''Brisbane Times'' "Knockabout, teetotaller, now police commissioner" 25 June 2007". Retrieved 31 December 2011.
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  4. ^ Ross Fitzgerald (28 December 2009). "Whatever happened to secular democracy?". The Australian. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ Sean Nicholls (1 September 2009). "The force gets its own Good Book to reckon with". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ Gerathy, Sarah; Blumer, Clare (2 February 2017). "New NSW police chief to be appointed in just two months". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  7. ^ Ralston, Nick (30 March 2017). "Mick Fuller selected as the next NSW Police Commissioner". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Ltd. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "Commissioner Andrew P Scipione APM". NSW Police Force.
  9. ^ "National medal". 8 November 1996. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Australian Police Medal". 26 January 2003. Retrieved 31 December 2011.

External links[edit]

Police appointments
Preceded by
Ken Moroney
Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force
Succeeded by
Mick Fuller