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Release date: Tue 22 November 2011

Last updated: Thu 3 April 2014

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Chief Commissioner Ken D. Lay APM

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay APM was appointed on 14 November, 2011.

He started work with Victoria Police in 1974 and since that time has gained significant experience in a wide range of policing roles including operational, training and corporate roles as well as lengthy periods of service in both the rural and metropolitan areas. Ken's most recent roles include the Deputy Commissioner (Road Policing), the Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for Victoria's traffic and transit issues and as the Assistant Commissioner in charge of policing services for the north-west geographical area of Victoria, one of the largest police regions in the State.

Ken has been awarded a Diploma in Police Studies (Monash University, 1998), Bachelor of Arts (Monash University, 1999) and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (Charles Sturt University, 2000). He has successfully completed the Police Executive Leadership Program (AIPM, 2003), and the ANZSoG Executive Fellows Program (2006). He has been awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service to policing.

In his previous roles, Ken had strategic responsibility for road policing across Victoria. This role was to support the four geographic operational regions by developing strategic policy and legislative change, maintaining liaison with government and key road safety partners, and the identification best practice in road policing enforcement from across the world. He was the key Victoria Police media spokesperson on road safety issues as well as being jointly responsible for ensuring the delivery of the key outcomes from the Arrive Alive Strategy, the 10 year Victorian Road Safety Strategy. In partnership with the other road safety partners, Ken oversaw three consecutive record low road tolls.

Ken has advised in a number of countries regarding road safety opportunities including New Zealand, the UK, Kuwait, Canada and Indonesia.

Ken has a long history of community involvement in a broad range of activities. He is currently a board member of the Blue Ribbon Foundation, a past board member of the Alpine Valley Community Leadership Program and is a fellow of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program. He sits on numerous professional boards and committees. He is a former chair of the Australian and New Zealand Road Policing Forum, a member of Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on Motor Cycles, the Sentencing Advisory Council, and the Coronial Advisory Council. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the International Association of Police Chiefs and the Australasian College of Road Safety.

As Chief Commissioner, Ken will have responsibility for management and operations of an organisation of over 15,000 employees which will grow to well over 17,000 by the end of 2014. One of Ken's major priorities will be managing the recruitment and seamless integration of a large number of police and protection service officers to the organisation during his tenure as Commissioner. The additional police and protective service officers will improve the way in which Victoria Police delivers its services to the community, particularly on public transport.

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