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Captain Clive Morris is a very proud man. He was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List with an MBE (Member of the British Empire), for his services to the Police and the community of Nottingham.
“I am proud and humble. I hope this award will open the doors to many other people like me in the community, who are working hard to improve the lives of young people and the community,” he said.
Captain Morris, who was born in Kingston, joined the staff of the Nottinghamshire Police in 1996 after 29 years in both the British and Jamaican Military, where he attained the rank of Captain and received the Long Service and Good Conduct medal.
“I came to the UK as a youngster and there was not much to do then, so I joined the British army in 1963. I spent 22 years in the British army, and in 1986 I retuned to Jamaica and applied for a commission with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). I spent eight years in the JDF and it was a good time for me,” he said.
Captain Morris, who worked his way through the ranks of the British army, eventually becoming a Warrant Officer, became involved in boxing.
He continued with his love for boxing while with the JDF, coaching and working with Colonel Ken Barnes.
Captain Morris, who by now was married and with a family, moved back to the UK in 1995. He joined the Nottinghamshire Police in 1996.
“When I went back to the UK, I realised that I had to re-skill myself. There was an opening in the Nottinghamshire police,” he said.
His work with the Nottinghamshire police offered him the opportunity to do several courses, including a degree in social science as well as a diploma in leadership training.
Captain Morris is Vice President of the National Black Police Association (BPA) and he has been an active member of the Nottinghamshire BPA Executive since its inception in July 1999. He is also a member on numerous policy and advisory groups within the Nottinghamshire Police service.
His expertise has led to his involvement in the monitoring and assessment of the Nottinghamshire Police service.
He was central in the formulation and implementation of the Nottinghamshire BPA Rules and Responsibilities guidelines, which have been adopted by the National BPA.
His work with the National BPA means that Morris works five days of the week in London at the NBPA headquarters. His weekends see him in Nottingham working with several community projects, including the Saturday school. He holds the post of Vice Chair of the Shieftan Youth Group and supplementary school, which provides additional education for children from the age of 5 to 18 Years. He also acts as a mentor with the Black People United In Learning Difficulties (BUILD) Initiative to support young black people.
Captain Morris is a member of the management committee of the African Caribbean National Art (ACNA) Centre and was instrumental in the development of the regional branch of The Federation, which is a national support group, comprised of Black drugs and alcohol workers.
He also helped to set up and gain funding for The Meadow Project, which aims to persuade young persons to move away from drugs and gun crime.