Cecil Roy ABBOTT QPM AO
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 4668
Joined NSW Police Force via NSW Police Cadet System
Cadet # 302
16th NSW Police Commissioner – Retired
Regd. # 4668
Stations: Hurstville ( Inspector – 1974 ), ?
Service: From 12 February 1941 to ?
Awards: Queen’s Police Medal ( QPM ) granted 31 December 1976 in recognition of service to the NSW Police Force
National Medal – granted 11 June 1982
Officer of the Order of Australia ( AO ) granted 26 January 1985 in recognition of service to the NSW Police Force
Born: 7 August 1924
Died: 12 March 2014
Funeral date: 19 March 2014 – 11am
Funeral location: St Declan’s Catholic Church, 92 Penshurst Street
(at the intersection of Forest Road), PENSHURST
Buried at: ?
Location of Funeral Service:
Former commissioner ‘Cec’ Abbott’s career saluted
By Sheree Mutton
March 18, 2014, 3 p.m.
FORMER NSW police commissioner Cecil “Cec” Abbott will be farewelled at a funeral service at Penshurst on Wednesday.
Mr Abbott (pictured), a resident of St George, died last Wednesday in St George Hospital, aged 89.
He joined the NSW Police Force as a cadet in 1941, was sworn in in 1945 and rose to become the 16th police commissioner from December 1981 to August 1984.
Mr Abbott was awarded the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in May 1967 and the Queen’s Police Medal in January 1977. He received the National Medal in June 1982 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 1985.
Among his many achievements, Mr Abbott was instrumental in the formation of the police undercover branch and the formation of covert police sites.
Commissioner Andrew Scipione said Mr Abbott made a significant contribution to the NSW Police Force in his 43 years’ service.
“It is widely accepted that the foundations of contemporary drug law enforcement nationally can be attributed to his leadership and commitment throughout his dedicated service to the people of NSW,” he said.
Mr Abbott is survived by his wife and son.
The funeral will be held at 11am, tomorrow at St Declan’s Catholic Church, Penshurst.
See a story on the service http://www.theleader.com.au/story/2161498/popular-police-commissioner-cecil-abbott-a-man-of-integrity/?cs=12
Leave a tribute to Mr Abbott below.
sean 8 months ago
From the other side of the desk, I was a young 16 year old in Sydney when I got into trouble for drug related offences…..Cec Abbott was the head of the drug squad and whilst we were on totally different “wavelengths”, he treated me very well and with a lot of integrity….something which cannot be said about some other police, but that is another story. He was a very father like figure to many of us drug users, but still stood for no nonsense.
M Abbott sean 3 months ago
Sorry that this is a little bit delayed – I wasn’t aware that this thread existed. Thank you so much for those kind words.
daniel nakhle Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:15 PM
condolences to cecils family and friends he was a great neighbour and top cop wishing your family love and support through this difficult time he was a true pillar of the community rip.
Nick Vlahos Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:20 PM
A true gentleman of yesteryear, a shining light from an era where words such as INTEGRITY, RESPECT & HONOUR had real meaning and valued! A great man held in high regard and a fantastic neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers to his immediate family, Edna, Paul, Jessica, Chloe & Micaela Abbott.
Rebecca Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:57 PM
Mr Abbott was a truly good man and NSW was all the better for having him as a Commissioner. All condolences to his family.
Popular police commissioner Cecil Abbott ‘a man of integrity’
By Sheree Mutton
March 20, 2014, 5:55 a.m.
FORMER NSW police commissioner Cecil ‘‘Cec’’ Abbott was remembered as a ‘‘popular and inspirational leader’’ at a funeral service at Penshurst on Wednesday.
Mr Abbott, who grew up in Hurstville Grove, died last week in St George Hospital. He was 89.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione addressed mourners at the service held at St Declan’s Catholic Church.
‘‘Cec believed that the ideal police officer married academic accomplishment with street wisdom and experience,’’ Mr Scipione said.
‘‘A man of the utmost integrity, he fought tirelessly against corruption. He also put his considerable energy towards modernising the Police Force, investing in training and modern equipment, stressing that criminals don’t stand still, so the police couldn’t afford to either.’’
Mr Abbott joined the NSW Police Force as a cadet in 1941 when he was 16.
He was sworn in as a police officer in 1945 and went on to become the 16th police commissioner, serving December 1981 to August 1984.
The former Hurstville inspector was awarded the police long service and good conduct medal in 1967 and the Queen’s police medal in 1977.
He also received the national medal in 1982 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1985.
Mr Scipione said Mr Abbott was a skilled detective who could communicate with people from all walks of life.
‘‘From a member of the public or the police officer on the street, through to those holding the highest of office in Australia and overseas, Cec was equally approachable and giving of his time and experience,’’ he said.
‘‘A man of integrity, a man of foresight, who, in his time as Commissioner, proved himself a popular and inspirational leader.’’
He is survived by wife Edna, son Paul and three grandchildren, Jessica, Chloe and Micaela.