Lewis (Lew) Griffiths began his activism in the Police Association in 1939 when he became branch secretary of No 2 Branch (Regent Street). In 1939 he became an Executive member. After serving as a trustee he was elected junior vice-president. In 1953 he became senior vice-president and in 1957 was elected the 8th president, a position he held until his retirement in 1964. Griffith’s presidency saw many improvements in working conditions for NSW police officers including a number of amendments to the Police Regulation Act and associated acts dealing with annual leave, promotion rights and political rights for police. Attested in February 1930 Griffiths retired in 1964 with the rank of sergeant 1st class. He died on 25 May 1977.