Laurence Desmond Draper, QPM

He was born in Adelaide in 1923. He joined the Force as a junior Constable in 1940 and subsequently spent most of his service as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch. He was Commissioned in 1963 and performed operational duties until his promotion of Superintendent in 1968 and his appointment as Officer in Charge of the newly formed Management Services Branch. He retained this position until his appointment as Deputy Commissioner of Police on 1st July, 1972. Mr Draper was responsible for the 1978 implementation of a major re-organisation of the Force, which resulted from a State-wide survey of Police requirements and resources undertaken while he was Officer in Charge of Management Services. In 1973 he went overseas on a three month study tour of Police Forces and later in the year, at the request of the Papua New Guinea Government, headed a four man advisory team on a visit to Papua New Guinea to survey and make recommendations on the re-organisation and operation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. The following year he again headed a contingent of South Australia Police to Papua New Guinea to design a patrol system and assist in training operational personnel. He was appointed Commissioner of Police on 19th January 1978.


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