Peace Officer Guards being sworn in as Commonwealth Police at Woomera in South Australia on 21 April 1960 by Colonel K Durrance, Range Superintendent. L-R: Allan Sinclair, Jack Harvey, Darrel Hole, Fred Parsons, Charlie Brown, Dick Maxwell, Jack Kennedy, Frank Hastings, Bob Forrester, Harold Smith, Jack Poachock, Colin Bowdon.
Photograph, 18 x 28.2cm
Australian Federal Police Museum
A new Commonwealth Police was established in 1960 with 650 members of the former Peace Officer Guard and 90 former Commonwealth Investigation Service officers. They policed Commonwealth facilities around Australia including Jervis
Bay, Woomera, Pine Gap, Lucas Heights and Maralinga. They were responsible for the security of Parliament House, the Lodge, Admiralty House, embassies in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, and detention centres, wharves and airports.