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Mike Fuller, 44 year-old Deputy Assistant Commissioner with Scotland Yard, has become the United Kingdom’s (UK) first black Chief Constable having being appointed to head the Kent Constabulary.
Mr. Fuller, whose parents are Jamaicans, will take up his new post in January of 2004.The married father of two has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, having served as a Met police cadet in 1975 before joining the special branch as a uniformed officer. He was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner two years ago and was made head of Operation Trident, the squad set up to tackle gun crime in the black community.
He has spoken out strongly against the illegal drug trade, and the glamorising of guns through music, film and television. He was also a member of the special Racism Task Force.
In 1999, he became the first black member of the Association of Chief Police Officers and was a founding member and the chairman of the first ever Black Police Association in the Metropolitan Police in 1994.During the press conference on Monday to announce the appointment, Mr. Fuller said he hoped his appointment would serve as an example of what could be accomplished through hard work.
“I hope this will be an example to others and that they shouldn’t be deterred from seeking promotion and that there are (police) organizations that will appoint people on merit and hopefully this will set a trend for the future, “he said.
The National Black Police Association (NBPA) has welcomed Mr. Fuller’s appointment. President, Ravi Chand, in a news release, said Mr. Fuller’s appointment would inspire many other black officers.”The glass ceiling has finally been broken for black officers to climb to the very top. Let this be a clear message to police authorities across the country that many talented and highly competent black officers will be applying for chief constable vacancies,” the release stated.
Vice President, Clive Morris told JIS News that it was fitting that the announcement had come just days after the annual conference of NBPA had called for the appointment of more black and ethnic minority chief constables.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association, Leroy Logan said the Kent Police Authority, by appointing Mr. Fuller purely on merit, had sent a strong signal to other police authorities not to be distracted by a person’s colour, culture or faith.
Mr. Fuller’s appointment comes at a time when many ethnic minority police officers and civilian workers have expressed concern over what they describe as discrimination within the police force.

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