Anthony (Tony) Lauer joined the NSW Police Force in 1955 aged 19. In 1968 he was elected to the Executive. After holding a number of Executive positions including, senior vice-president, in 1979 he was elected the 11th president unopposed, a position he held until 1982. Always intending to be a short term president he did not seek re-election in 1982 but continued as a trustee until May 1983 when he was promoted to commissioned rank. In 1990 he was awarded the Australian Police Medal and in March 1991 became Commissioner of the NSW Police Force until his retirement in February 1996. Since 1997 Lauer has been a director of the Police Credit Union and from 2004–2006 Grand Master of NSW and the ACT Freemasons. He is also a keen motorcyclist.