David Alexander Hunt, QPM,
30 June, 1983 - 31st December 1996.
He was born in Adelaide in 1934. He joined the Force as a Cadet in 1954 and subsequently spent twelve years in the Criminal Investigation branch. After being commissioned in 1970, he spent a period as second in charge of the Police Academy. He was then in charge of a country division for two years before returning to hold two key positions - Commissioner's Liaison Officer and Officer in Charge of the Research and Development Group. The latter position was central to the corporate planning processes employed in the Department. In the mid-1970’s he prepared legislation for sweeping changes to the Firearms Act, which brought about marked tightening in gun control. He was Chairman of the Committee engaged in implementing the first computerised system facilitating the firearms registration and licencing function, and was later Chairman of the Firearms Consultative Committee. He was then Chairman of the Committee which completely revised all uniform requirements for S.A. Police. He was one of a three man interstate team which reported on the feasibility of the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence. He lectured at the Australian Police College and was co-Director of that College for the Officer’s Course, 1975. In 1980 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner (Services) and in May 1982 was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police. In 1979 Mr Hunt studied Computer Applications for Police in Nice, England and Scotland; in 1980 as member of a six man team he studied the Justice System in Japan, and also in 1980 was a member of the Australian delegation to the Sixth United Nations Congress in Venezuela, on Crime Prevention. Resulting from experiences at this Congress, Mr Hunt initiated action for consideration by a Commissioner’s Conference which brought about the introduction of the National Code of Ethics for Police in Australia. He was appointed Commissioner of Police on 30 June, 1983. He retired on 31st December 1996.