John Avery (police officer)
|17th Commissioner of the New South Wales Police|
7 August 1984 – 12 March 1991
|Preceded by||Cecil Abbott|
|Succeeded by||Tony Lauer|
|Born||7 August 1927|
|Died||19 May 2018(aged 90)|
|Alma mater||Macquarie University|
John Keith Avery was the 17th leader of the organisation and the 10th person known under the title of Commissioner of Police. Avery was one of the longest serving and more popular Commissioners of Police to serve the state of New South Wales.
One of the first Police Commissioners to have a tertiary education, obtaining a master's degree from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Criminology. He was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia, Australian Police Medal, Centenary Medal and National Medal.
He is also the author of a popular book titled Police - Force or Service? which he wrote as an Inspector, ultimately resulting in the organisations' name being changed from NSW Police Force to NSW Police Service.
The library at the New South Wales Police College at Goulburn is named in his honour. The former headquarters of the New South Wales Police in College Street, Sydney was also named in his honour, named the Avery Building until the headquarters moved to a new building in Parramatta in 2003. He retired with his wife to Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.
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- Barbara Etter (1 Oct 2005). Success Stories in Policing. Police leadership in Australasia. Federation Press. p. 286. ISBN 978-1-86287-183-0.
- Jeff Jarratt (31 Jan 2000). "Pitfalls of the Introduction of Community Policing".
- Gordon Moyes (14 August 2007). "The Chief Commissioner of Police". Archived from the original on 17 October 2009.
- John Casey (22 August 2007). "Do We Really Need a Police Force?".[dead link]
| Commissioner of the New South Wales Police