Commissioner of Police Peter James RYAN, QPM BA Msc
30 August 1996 – 17 April 2002
Appointed Commissioner, NSW Police Force, on 30 August 1996.
Commissioner Ryan is a widely experienced career police officer whose duties have included both uniform and detective work.
NSW Police Force
Mr Ryan took up his appointment as Commissioner at the height of the Wood Royal Commission into police corruption ( 1994 – 1997 ). His brief was to weed out the corrupt, lazy and inept and to put into place reforms that will deliver a professional and honest police service, both responsive and responsible to the community it serves.
Reform continues to be implemented in a series of well planned stages. These began with the complete restructuring of the Force and the appointment, in most areas, of new commanders.
The next phase has been one of consolidation, combined with the development and implementation of improved policing procedures.
One of the benchmarks for reform is the reduction of crime. Commissioner Ryan has set for the Service the goal of bringing down the rates of crime in categories including assault, robbery, stealing, motor vehicle theft and stealing from motor vehicles.
As well as structures, personnel and processes, Commissioner Ryan is working to reform the technical side of the Force, introducing the latest in scientific, forensic, computing, communication and training techniques and facilities.
Initiatives such as the Police Assistance Line and ‘MINERVA’ simulation training system have been recognised as the best in the country.
Commissioner Ryan is also working towards the establishment of National DNA and fingerprint databases, a crime faculty and a forensic institute for NSW.
His vision is for a Police Force that is corruption resistant, working smarter and achieving world’s best practice in all areas.
Peter James Ryan was born in Lancaster, England on 18 May 1944.
Ryan joined Lancashire Police in the United Kingdom in 1963. His career prior to NSW Police includes National Director Police Training at Bramshill, UK from 1993 to 1996 and Chief Constable at Norfolk Police from 1990 to 1993.
Peter Ryan resigned from office with the NSW Police Force on 17 April 2002.