Commissioner of Police John Keith Avery MA Dip Crim
1984 to 1991
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 has retired with his wife to Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.