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 (1945-09-15) 15 September 1945 (age 73)
Glebe, New South Wales
Spouse(s) Bev, 1 June 1968 - 24 May 2015 (her death)
Alma mater Macquarie University

Kenneth Edward Moroney AO APM (born 15 September, 1945) was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force in New South Wales, Australia from 2002 until 2007, and was a 42 year veteran of the police force.

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.

Moroney married his wife Bev on 1 June 1968.[1] She died on 24 May 2015 after a long illness.[2][3] Two of their three sons followed Moroney into the police force.[1] 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.


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.[4]

As Police Commissioner, Moroney 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.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

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OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 13 June 2011, "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".[6]
APM Australia ribbon.png Australian Police Medal (APM) 1992 "For distinguished police service".[7]
National Medal with Rosette x 2.png National Medal with 2 Rosettes 1981[8] and 1999.[9]

Moroney was 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]

In November, 2015 Ken Moroney was also inducted as a Life Member of NSW Police Legacy. [10]

He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Sturt University.[11]


Moroney retired on 31 August 2007. Long-standing Deputy Commissioner Andrew Scipione became the new Police Commissioner effective from 1 September 2007.[12]

Though retired from policing, Moroney is the Director of a company called Nemesis Consultancy Group, leading investigations around the world.[13]


  1. ^ a b Coombs, Roger (18 August 2007). "Ken Moroney on 42 years in the police force". The Daily Telegraph. News Corp. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Chenoweth, Ben (2 June 2015). "Fond memories of Bev Moroney". Macarthur Advertiser. Fairfax Regional Media. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Bertola, Vera (28 May 2015). "Ken Stonestreet and Bev Moroney a loss to the Macarthur region". Macarthur Chronicle Campelltown. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Losing Peter Ryan". ninemsn. 14 April 2002. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  5. ^ NSW Police Online | Commissioner Ken Moroney
  6. ^ "Its an Honour: AO". Government of Australia. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  7. ^ Australian Police Medal, 10 June 1966, It's an Honour]
  8. ^ National Medal, 15 November 1991, It's an Honour]
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  11. ^ "Top NSW policeman to receive honorary doctorate from CSU". Charles Sturt University. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  12. ^ Tears for Grandad's last march, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 August 2007
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Police appointments
Preceded by
Peter James Ryan
Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
2002 - 2007
Succeeded by
Andrew Scipione