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Khoo Boon Hui (simplified Chinese: 邱文晖; traditional Chinese: 邱文暉; pinyin: Qiū Wénhuī; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Khu Bûn-hui), born in 1954 in Singapore, is the Senior Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr Khoo Boon Hui succeeded Jackie Selebi and Arturo Verdugo (acting) as President of INTERPOL, from 2008 to 2012, and he was succeeded by Mireille Ballestrazzi. He was formerly the Commissioner of the Singapore Police from July 1997 to January 2010.[1]


Education HistoryEdit

As a young man, Khoo completed his secondary education at Anglo-Chinese School and was awarded the prestigious Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship (SAFOS) in 1973.

Khoo obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Engineering & Economics) from St John's College, Oxford University in 1976 and his Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard in 1982. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Wharton in 2002.


As a government scholar, after his graduation from Oxford in 1976, he was invited to join the Singapore Police Force (SPF) after a short stint in the Singapore Armed Forces. He began his career in 1977 and has since held various appointments, including Director Strategic Planning in 1987, Police Chief of Staff in 1990, Director of Criminal Investigation Department in 1991 and Deputy Commissioner of Police in 1995.

In July 1997, he was appointed Commissioner of the Singapore Police Force. Khoo held the post for 14 years and was succeeded by Ng Joo Hee on February 1, 2010, taking on a new post of Senior Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs.[2]


Khoo served as one of three vice-presidents on the Interpol Executive Committee from 2006 to 2009. On October 9, 2008, Khoo was elected as the president of INTERPOL for a four-year term (2008-2012).

Awards and recognitionEdit

For his contribution to the police service, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1992, the Long Service Medal in 1998 as well as the Meritorious Service Medal and 2nd Clasp to the Singapore Police Service Long Service in 2003.

He was also conferred the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand by the King of Thailand in March 2002, the Bintang Bhayangkara Utama by the President of Indonesia in June 2002 and the Panglima Gagah Pasukan Polis (Kerhormat) (Knight Grand Commander, Order of Police Heroism) by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia in April 2003. In July 2004, Khoo was conferred the Darjah Pahlawan Negara Brunei Yang Amat Perkasa Darjah Pertama (Order of the Hero of the State of Brunei,First Class) by the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and it comes with the title of Dato Seri Pahlawan.

In Aug 2005, His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XII of Malaysia conferred the Award, Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (Kerhormat) (PSM) to Khoo. The award, literally translated as Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Crown (Honorary).[3]


Khoo is married to Puan Sri Betty Au. The couple have two children.


  1. ^ Khoo Boon Hui
  2. ^ Dylan Loh (1 February 2010). "New Commissioner of Police takes over SPF in change of command". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by
Arturo Herrera Verdugo (Acting)
President of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Succeeded by
Mireille Balestrazzi