Commissioner of Police Frederick John Hanson QPM CBE(C)
1972 to 1976
Frederick John Hanson, known to police associates as ‘Slippery’ was born at Orange in 1914. In 1934 he applied to join NSW Police but was initially rejected being underweight. He was finally accepted as a police recruit in 1936.
As a probationary constable he was attached to No 4 Division where he performed pedestrian traffic duties. In 1937 he was transferred to Broken Hill and carried out general and plain clothes duties. During the war, Hanson enlisted for active service with the RAAF and was posted overseas for operational flying missions. In September 1946, Hanson was appointed to No 21 Mobile Division and was promoted to sergeant 2/C in 1952. He returned to general duties at Broken Hill and was later promoted to sergeant 1/C. Hanson returned to Headquarters on 22 June 1964 where he was rapidly promoted from Superintendent 1/C to Deputy Commissioner in 1972.
Frederick Hanson was appointed Commissioner on 15 November 1972 and resigned in December 1976.
Fred Hanson died 26 October 1980 aged 66.