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John Avery (police officer)

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John Avery
17th Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
In office
7 August 1984 – 12 March 1991
Preceded byCecil Abbott
Succeeded byTony Lauer
Personal details
Born(1927-08-07)7 August 1927
Died19 May 2018(2018-05-19) (aged 90)
Alma materMacquarie University
The former headquarters of the New South Wales Police Service on College Street, Sydney was named the Avery Building in honour of Avery.

John Keith Avery, AO, APM (7 August 1927 – 19 May 2018)[1] was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police from 1984 to 1991.[2]

Commissioner of New South Wales Police[edit]

John Keith Avery was the 17th leader of the organisation and the 10th person known under the title of Commissioner of Police.[3] Avery was one of the longest serving and more popular Commissioners of Police to serve the state of New South Wales.[4]

One of the first Police Commissioners to have a tertiary education, Avery held a master's degree from Macquarie University[5] and a Diploma in Criminology. He was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia, Australian Police Medal, Centenary Medal and National Medal.


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.

Personal life[edit]

Avery retired with his wife to Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.[citation needed] They had three children.[6]


  1. ^ "Former NSW Police commissioner John Avery dead at 90". 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Police Commissioners of New South Wales". Archived from the original on 30 March 2010.
  3. ^ "New South Wales Commissioners of Police" (PDF). New South Wales Police. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  4. ^ Barbara Etter (1 October 2005). Success Stories in Policing. Federation Press. p. 286. ISBN 978-1-86287-183-0. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  5. ^ Jeff Jarratt (31 January 2000). "Pitfalls of the Introduction of Community Policing".
  6. ^ "Late Police Commissioner To Be Remembered In Palmdale". 25 May 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
Police appointments
Preceded by Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
Succeeded by