Location of interview:
Date joined Met Police: 1 September 1986
Date left Met Police:
Rank of leaving:Sergeant
Divisons served: X (Ealing), Q (Kilburn), F (Hammersmith & Fulham)
Specialist service:No specialities
Transcript of interview
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Track 1: 10' 45": An introduction. Family background. West Indian heritage. School. Domestic circumstances. Employed as trainee welder. Sales for an alarm company. Supervisor at Safeway supermarket. Not good enough to be professional footballer. Parents divorced. Discovered his natural father. Church helped him. Relations with father and stepfather. Family in Jamaica.
Track 2: 11' 46”: Applied for West Midlands Police, but unsuccessful. Later applied to Metropolitan Police. Recruitment process and interview. Uncertainty about whether to accept challenge of joining Police Service. Support from church at home. Eventually finds new church in London. At Training School with a friend from Wolverhampton. Pressure of studying. Lack of friendliness of strangers in London. Banter from colleagues and relationships with older colleagues. Changing culture.
Track 3: 6' 43”: Service at Ealing. Night duty pranks. Attending death incident where body was decomposed. First arrest of drunk. Application of knowledge from Training School.
Track 4: 13' 50”: Relationships with colleagues and sessions on racism. Difficulty of challenging racism as a probationary Constable. His wish to make a difference and become a role model. Friendship developed with officer who had used racist language, use of word “Nigger”, apology and support from Inspector and colleagues on complaint about Sergeant. Growth of feeling that improper language should be challenged. Change of Police Service from within and encouragement of black and ethnic minority recruits to join. Improvement since he joined Service.
Track 5: 7' 07”: Posted to Ealing when he was posted from Training School, and lived at Wembley Section House for three years. Relations with canteen staff. Then bought house at Wembley. Children attend schools at Ealing. Posted to Kilburn after career break.
Track 6: 15' 36”: Career break after his marriage travelling through India, visiting churches, and undertaking mission work and passing on bibles in Hong Kong & China. Travelling on roof of bus. Experience of travelling. First child born a year after their return to London.
Track 7: 2' 10”: Wrote journal during his career break and wrote an article about his experience. Increased understanding of different parts of the world.
Track 8: 9' 56”: Enjoyed new posting to Kilburn and finding new experiences. Sector policing and home beat work for a few years. Applied to join positive action team encouraging recruits from ethnic minorities, and access scheme to assist with recruits finding some skills difficult. Undertaking presentations to large numbers of people. Sergeant in charge of Safer Neighbourhood Team. TOBAR promotion assessment system.
Track 9: 10' 50”: Promotion procedure experience and system. Accumulating evidence of operational experience and performance relevant to promotion. Posted to Hammersmith and Fulham on promotion to Sergeant. Promotion system. Safer Neighbourhood Team role based on council ward with community meetings, and responding to community priorities such as drugs. Regular 10-hour duties. Comparison between home beat duties and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Track 10: 4' 51”: Changes during his career. More paperwork and bureaucracy. 4 - 5 hours to process an arrest. More child protection issues. CRIS computer system for reporting crime. AWARE computer system. Computer systems more demanding than previous reports. Team spirit changes. Response teams were bigger when he joined.
Track 11: 9' 50”: Maintains life outside police duty. Church membership. Travels abroad. Hobbies and experiences such as reading, walking, cage diving, sky diving, tennis, baseball and American football. MPAA system for giving duty time for sport. Football referee. Attitude of his children to his job as a police officer.
Track 12: 6' 57”: Incident when on patrol, on ground, struggling with suspect surrounded by crowd when his radio was not working, and relying on public to assist by directing other police officers to him. Perception of public to officers struggling to arrest prisoners. On duty in plain clothes, giving commentary on police chase, and not being recognised as police officer by his colleagues when the suspect car was stopped.
Track 13: 5' 3”: Aim to complete his first year as Sergeant successfully, and perhaps eventual promotion to Inspector, and/or training or teaching role. Possible football coaching. Conclusion.