In recent decades many policing agencies around the world have implemented a range of models and processes to better engage with the communities that they serve.

While early community based policing models arguably emerged from a customer service ethos, there is an increased understanding that building trust and genuine, productive partnerships with culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities is essential to preventing crime, violence and fear.

The NSW Police Force, like may international policing agencies, operates within a pluralist, networked society where new and emerging threats and challenges are added to age-old crimes.  And where policing jurisdictions were once largely contained within geographic borders; criminals, natural disasters and other emergencies are no respecters of artificial boundaries.   Accordingly, police have been required to respond with a range of strategies, programs and mutually recognized legislation that facilitate cooperation locally and internationally.

In this lecture Commissioner Scipione explores the contemporary policing landscape and the practical implications for protecting individuals, communities and the state.

To view Commissioner Scipione’s Presentation please click the link below…

Contemporary Policing – Engaging Communites, Building Resilience

Commissioner Andrew P Scipione APM

Commissioner Andrew P Scipione APM

Commissioner Scipione joined NSW Police in 1980 following a period of employment with the Australian Customs Service. During his time with the NSW Police Force, he has held a range of positions and appointments. Following experience in general and traffic duties he worked as a detective in the CIB and Bankstown Detectives. He was subsequently seconded to the National Crime Authority in 1985. In 1992 he was appointed to the rank of Detective Inspector at the Joint Technical Services Group and in 1995 was promoted to the rank of Detective Superintendent (Commander) at the Special Technical Investigation Branch (formerly JTSG). During the period 1992 to 1998, he was also a Senior NSW Police Counter Terrorist Advisor to SAC-PAV. In 1998 he was appointed to the position of Chief of Staff to the NSW Police Commissioner and in 2001 was appointed as the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Special Crime & Internal Affairs. He was appointed as Deputy Commissioner in February 2002 and as Commissioner of Police on 1 September 2007.

Commissioner Scipione is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal and the National Medal.

He holds a Masters Degree in Management (Macquarie University) a Graduate Diploma in Police Management (Macquarie University) and a Graduate Certificate in Security Management (Edith Cowan University). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute.

Commissioner Scipione is married to Joy and they have three children.


  • 1978 Customs (Law Enforcement) Officer – Australia Customs Service
  • 1980 NSW Police Force – General Duties – Hurstville Police Station
  • 1981 Traffic Duties – Inner City Cycle Patrol
  • 1982 Criminal Investigation – Special Gaming Squad
  • 1983 General Duties – Bankstown Police Station
  • 1983 Criminal Investigation – Bankstown Detectives
  • 1985 National Crime Authority, Technical Services Division. Officer in Charge – Criminal Investigation (external secondment at rank – Detective Senior Sergeant)
  • 1991 Operations Controller – Joint Technical Services Group (Detective Inspector)
  • 1995 Commander – Joint Technical Services Group (Detective Superintendent)
  • 1999 Chief of Staff – Office of the Commissioner (Chief Superintendent)
  • 2001 Commander – Special Crime and Internal Affairs (Assistant Commissioner)
  • 2002 Deputy Commissioner – Support (Specialist Operations)
  • 2005 Deputy Commissioner – Field Operations
  • 2007 Commissioner of Police (Present)


  • 1996 National Medal
  • 2003 Australian Police Medal
  • 2003 NSW Police Medal
  • 2003 2nd clasp to NSW Police Medal
  • 2006 1st clasp to National Medal
  • 2007 3rd clasp to NSW Police Medal
  • 2007 Commissioner’s Commendation – Operation Pendennis/Strike Force Hammerli
  • 2007 Commissioner’s Unit Citation – Operations Pendennis/Strike Force Hammerli
  • 2007 Commissioner’s Commendation – Service to the community of NSW and the NSW Police Force

Academic Qualifications:

  • FBI National Executive Institute, Washington DC, USA
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Canberra, ACT
  • Master of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW
  • Graduate Diploma of Police Management, Macquarie University Sydney NSW
  • Graduate Certificate in Security Management. Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia
  • NSW Police Detective Designation Course, NSW Police Academy