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I Am Norwell Roberts: The story of the Met s first Black police officer

Norwell Roberts

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The memoir of the Met's first Black police officer, who joined in 1967. From that day forward his face became a symbol - of acceptance, of a diverse police force, of a changing Britain - but his day to day reality was anything but.

Norwell Roberts, the Met's first Black police officer in 1967, found out he had a new job the same way the readers of The Daily Telegraph did. The headline read 'MET TO HAVE FIRST COLOURED POLICEMAN'.

From that day forward his face became a symbol - of acceptance, of a diverse police force, of a changing Britain. He was turned into the poster boy for progressive policing - but his day to day reality was anything but. Greeted with prejudice, ridicule, and rejection, he refused to quit. And thus began an extraordinary career that placed him on the frontlines for a tumultuous period in Britain's history. Stationed at embassies, anti-war protests, and riots, his race singled him out and landed him on front pages around the world.

Honest, moving, and impossible to forget, this is a story of refusing to back down, of rising above, and one man's ability to make a difference.

In his words "to appreciate the present and how far we have come we sometimes need to revisit the uncomfortable past, no matter how painful".

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