Australian Police Medal

The Australian Police Medal (APM) is awarded for distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force. The APM was introduced in 1986, and replaced the Imperial Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry and Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

Awards are made by the Governor-General, on the nomination of the responsible minister in each state or territory, and at the federal level. The total number of awards for each police force each year must not exceed one APM for every 1,000, or part of 1,000, sworn members in the force. Recipients of the Australian Police Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "APM".

Australian Police Medal
Australian Police Medal

APM Australia ribbon
Obverse of medal and ribbon
Awarded by Australia
Eligibilitymembers of an Australian Police Force
Awarded fordistinguished service
StatusCurrently awarded
Established3 March 1986
Last awarded2018 Australia Day Honours
Total awardedapprox. 1,750[1]
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Public Service Medal (PSM)
Next (lower)Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)


  • The APM is a circular, nickel-silver medal ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The front of the medal displays the effigy of the Sovereign on a Federation Star, superimposed over a pattern of fluted rays.
  • The back of the medal is inscribed with the words ‘Australian Police Medal’ and ‘For Distinguished Service’. The inscriptions are encircled by a wreath of the national floral emblem, the golden wattle.
  • The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon features a central vertical stripe of dark blue flanked by two white stripes.

See also


  1. ^ In February 2018 there were 1,719 entries for the Australian Police Medal in the It's an Honour database.
    1) Go to the "Simple Search" page.
    2) Type "police" into the Award keyword and press enter.
    3) Click on the "Australian Police Medal" box.
    4) Click on the "Search" box.
Andrew Colvin

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Andrew Hughes (police officer)

Andrew Charles Hughes (6 June 1956 – 28 August 2018) was an Australian police officer of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who served as the Chief Police Officer (CPO) for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Head of the United Nations Police Division. The CPO position is similar to the role of Australian Commissioners of Police, that is, the chief executive of the ACT Policing component of the AFP. ACT Policing forms one of the larger operating components of Australia's national policing agency, the Australian Federal Police. He was also Commissioner of Police in Fiji from 2003 to 2006. Hughes died of bowel cancer in 2018, aged 62.

Andrew Scipione

Andrew Phillip Scipione, (Born 31 March 1958) was a Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force in Australia, succeeding Ken Moroney on 31 August 2007. He retired from the New South Wales Police Force on his birthday 31 March 2017. He was farewelled with a guard of honour and was marched out by 100 of his fellow officers. His replacement as commissioner was Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller.

Audrey Fagan

Audrey Ann Fagan (23 June 1962 – 20 April 2007) was an Australian police officer, who, between 2005 and 2007, held the rank of Assistant Commissioner and served as the Chief Police Officer of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Policing, which includes community policing responsibilities for Canberra and other parts of the ACT. Fagan was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2004 and died in office, having committed suicide by hanging while on vacation.

Bob Kucera

Robert Charles Kucera APM (born 6 November 1944) is a former Australian politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 2001 to 2008, representing the seat of Yokine. A high-ranking police officer before entering parliament, he served as a minister in the government of Geoff Gallop from 2001 to 2005, but resigned over a conflict of interest. Kucera represented the Labor Party for most of his career, but lost preselection prior to the 2008 state election, and resigned to sit as an independent for the final months of his term.

Christine Nixon

Christine Nixon APM (born 11 June 1953) is an Australian former police officer who was the chief commissioner of Victoria Police from 23 April 2001 to 27 February 2009, being the first female chief commissioner in any Australian state police force. After leaving Victoria Police, she was appointed as chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority in February 2009 until she stood down from the position in July 2010.

Colin Winchester

Colin Stanley Winchester (18 October 1933 – 10 January 1989) was an assistant commissioner in the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Winchester commanded ACT Police, the community policing component of the AFP responsible for the Australian Capital Territory.

Emmett Dunne

Emmett Mark Dunne (born 11 June 1956) is a former Australian rules football player and senior police officer.

Graham Ashton

Graham Leonard Ashton is an Australian police officer who is the current Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police since 2015. He has served in the Australian Federal Police for a long period.

Ashton was born in Aldgate, South Australia and lived there for a short time until his family moved to the Adelaide suburb of Dernancourt. When he turned 18, he left Adelaide and moved to Canberra to join the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and was later posted to the AFP's Melbourne and Brisbane offices. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the law enforcement liaison officer in Indonesia at the Australian embassy in Jakarta.In 2002, he returned to Indonesia as operational commander of the Australian police component of Operation Alliance, the joint investigation and victim identification process following the 2002 Bali bombings. In 2003, whilst serving as national manager of counter-terrorism, he was awarded the Australian Police Medal and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his work on Alliance.In 2004, Ashton left the AFP and accepted a position at the newly formed Office of Police Integrity in Victoria. In 2009, he was made director of forensic services for Victoria Police, thereafter as Assistant Commissioner (Crime) and in 2012, Deputy Commissioner of Specialist Operations. In January 2015, he returned to the AFP as a deputy commissioner, but several months later was appointed as the chief commissioner of Victoria Police, replacing Ken Lay who had retired.

John Avery (police officer)

John Keith Avery AO, APM (7 August 1927 – 19 May 2018) was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police from 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 retired with his wife to Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

Kel Glare

Kelvin "Kel" Glare AO, APM (born 6 January 1938 in Hopetoun, Victoria) is a former Australian police officer, who was Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 1987 to 1992.

Ken Lay (police officer)

Kenneth Douglas Lay (born 17 February 1956 in Korumburra, Victoria) is a former Australian police officer and Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2011 to 2015. He is currently Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria, after replacing Marilyn Warren in November 2017.

Ken Moroney

Kenneth Edward Moroney AO APM (born 15 September, 1945) was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force in New South Wales, Australia from 2002 until 2007, and was a 42 year veteran of the police force.

Mick Fuller

Michael Fuller, , is the Commissioner of the NSW Police Force. He replaced Andrew Scipione, on 31 March 2017, when Scipione retired.

Mick Keelty

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Neil Comrie

Murray Neil Comrie AO, APM (born 10 March 1947 in Ballarat, Victoria), known as Neil Comrie, is a former Australian police officer. He was Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 1993 to 2001.

Simon Overland

Simon Overland APM (born 19 March 1962) is the Chief Executive Officer at the City of Whittlesea and a former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police in Australia. He previously worked with the Australian Federal Police and then with Victoria Police focusing on Melbourne's gangland wars. On 2 March 2009 he was named by the Premier, John Brumby, as Victoria Police Chief Commissioner. He resigned from this position on 16 June 2011 after intense public pressure from critics who questioned his performance. In July 2011, he was appointed the chair of the Board of Management of the Tasmanian University Union and was responsible for overseeing the direction of the student union.

Tony Lauer

Anthony Raymond Lauer, APM (born 19 December 1935) was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police from 1991 until 1996. In February 1996, Tony Lauer's term ended in controversy with his resignation soon after the start of the Wood Royal Commission into police corruption.

Tony Negus

Tony William Negus is an Australian diplomat and police officer who was the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), being sworn in on 7 September 2009 for a five-year term. He was the sixth Commissioner of the AFP and the second appointed from within the AFP On 1 December 2014, he was appointed Australian High Commissioner to Canada effective sometime in January 2015.

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