Jim Lees

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Jim Lees
15th Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
In office
17 October 1979 – 29 December 1981
Preceded by Mervyn Wood
Succeeded by Cecil Abbott
Personal details
Born 18 August 1920
Australia Hornsby, New South Wales
Died 3 September 2004(2004-09-03) (aged 84)
Spouse(s) Norma
Alma mater Hurlstone Agricultural High School

James Travers "Jim" Lees QPM (18 August 1920–3 September 2004) was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police from 17 October 1979 to 29 December 1981.[1]

Private life[edit]

Lees was born in 1920 at Hornsby and went on to attend the Hurlstone Agricultural High School. He had initially wanted to be a farmer but found that he was not suited for a life on the land. Lees married his wife Norma in October 1944.[2] They went on to have a family with children Sue, John and Peter. Lees also taught a Sunday School and was heavily involved with his church. He also established the Police Christian Fellowship.[2]

Lees died on 2 September 2004 at the age of 84.[3] His funeral was attended by incumbent Police Commissioner Ken Moroney as well as former Police Commissioners Cec Abbott, John Avery and Tony Lauer.

Police career[edit]

After giving up on farming Lees accepted as a cadet in the New South Wales Police Force at the age of 17 in 1936. Within six months he was made a Constable and began to rise through the ranks of the force.

In 1976 Lees became Assistant Police Commissioner and was appointed Commissioner in October 1979. As well as receiving 12 New South Wales Police commendations he also received the Queen's Police Medal in 1976, the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1977, the National Medal also in 1977 and the honour of receiving the Australian Father Of The Year award in 1981.


  1. ^ "New South Wales Commissioners of Police" (pdf). New South Wales Police. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Moyes, Gordon (2004-10-26). "Death of Mr Jim Lees, QPM, a former Commissioner of Police". NSW Parliament-parliament.nsw.gov.au. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ Brown, Malcolm (2004-09-06). "'Untouchable' police commissioner dead at 84". The Sydney Morning Herald. www.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
Preceded by
Mervyn Wood
List of Commissioners of New South Wales Police
Succeeded by
Cecil Abbott