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Norwell Roberts, First Black Met Police Officer

Oral History Catalogue

Below you will find records of the interviews carried out over several years with men and women who have, or in some cases, still are serving in the Metropolitan Police Service.

We are adding to our records on a regular basis and more interviews will be made available.

In the meantime please explore and listen to those interviews we currently have on our website.

List of Inteviews

Officer RefRetirement RankDivisions ServedSpecialist ServiceExtractListen
Officer 01SuperintendentG, H, P, C, E, NSY A Dept., RTrack 2:…Interview
Officer 02Detective SergeantC,SCID. Undercover dutyTrack 2:  7'33”: Early life:  Born in Anguilla and lived there until 9 years of age. Came to UK 1956…Interview
Officer 03Detective InspectorR, T, M, B, H, CO3, P, RTrack 2: 13'25”: Joining the Metropolitan Police: medical; Peel House; Sergeant, linen…Interview
Officer 04ConstableTrack 1: 1'56": Introduction and early life on the railway. Interview
Officer 05ConstableCIDTrack 2: 04'10”: Life before the Metropolitan Police: family, school. Work as mechanical…Interview
Officer 06InspectorTooting, Bromley, Rochester Row, Marylebone, Bexleyheath, W, P, R, A, D and CTrack…Interview
Officer 07ConstableY Tottenham, St Ann's Road, Hornsey. Home beatRecruiting section. Federation RepresentativeTrack 2: 1' 48”:  Family background in Kettering.  Father on railway and had allotment.…Interview
Officer 08ConstableC,XRecruitingTrack 2: 7’50” Life before joining the Metropolitan Police Service: family life,…Interview
Officer 09SergeantG Stoke Newington, D (Paddington), AirportTrafficTrack 2: 14’59”: Describes Paddington and wider D division. Paddington’s geographic…Interview
Officer 102SergeantTrack 1:1.01’ Introduction to interview Track 2:2.10’Life before the MET:…Interview
Officer 104ConstableTrack 2: 3’08” Early life and reason for joining the MET: family originated from…Interview
Officer 105SergeantTrack 3: 20’50"’ Process of joining the MET police.  Recalls that he had no previous…Interview
Officer 106ConstableTrack 1: 4’27’ Introduction.  Life before joining the MET; work at BHS and cleaning job, factory, cafeteria. …Interview
Officer 107ConstableTrack 4: 3’30’ Life before joining the Police.  Born in Kingsgate on the coast. …Interview
Officer 108SuperintendentTrack…Interview
Officer 11Chief SuperintendentC (Bow Street) L (Brixton), M (Peckham and Carter Street), R (Sidcup, Bexleyheath, Greenwich), N ( Kings Cross)Discipline, Complaints, Inspectorate, Courts, Public AffairsTrack 1: 29'31". Family life before joining the Metropolitan Police Force: life in…Interview
Officer 114Chief Superintendent (Acting)Track 1: 0’50’ Introduction to interview Track 2: 4’30’ Life before the…Interview
Officer 116ConstableTrack…Interview
Officer 118InspectorTrack 2: 4’53’ Life before joining the MET police:…Interview
Officer 119SergeantTrack 3: 6’172: Life before joining the MET police.  Born in Wiltshire, 3rd…Interview
Officer 122Chief InspectorTrack 2: 4'19’ Life before joining the MET.  Woolworth, SE17. …Interview
Officer 14CommanderA, G, D, SCommunity Liaison Officer. Public OrderTrack 1: 10'48": Early life: family;…Interview
Officer 15ConstableE (Hampstead), L (Brixton)SchoolsIntroduction to interview.  Life before the Metropolitan…Interview
Officer 16Chief SuperintendentE (Hampstead): C (West End Central): Q (Wembley)Public OrderTrack 3: 6’16”: Life before the Metropolitan Police.  Family background…Interview
Officer 17Substantive rank of Chief Inspector, but acting SuperintendentY (Edmonton), N (Holloway), B (Kensington),Y (Hornsey)Cadet Training SchoolTrack 1: 5’07” Family life before Metropolitan police.  Born Kingston upon Thames. …Interview
Officer 18ConstableP (Lewisham)Thames Division / Marine Support Unit.Track 2: 24’19”: Life before joining the Metropolitan Police…Interview
Officer 19Detective ConstableB (Chelsea)C10 (Stolen Car branch)Track 2: 7’07”: Service with Metropolitan Police Service: Why…Interview
Officer 20InspectorX (Uxbridge) Q (Kilburn) T (Twickenham) L (Kennington, Cavendish Road) TSG, Discipline Office Women Police Association.Track…Interview
Officer 21Chief InspectorN (Dalston), C (Bow Street), Y (St Ann's Road), G (Stoke Newington)Training SchoolTrack 2: 4’05": Life before the Metropolitan Police Service.…Interview
Officer 22SuperintendentS (Golders Green), D (Harrow Road), Q (Wembley)TSG, Complaints InvestigationTrack 2: 1’25": Life before Metropolitan Police Service: life…Interview
Officer 23SuperintendentA (Hyde Park), C (West End Central), X (Southall), T (Feltham), S (Golders Green), B (Notting Hill), Q (Kilburn)Air Support Unit, Diplomatic Protection GroupTrack 2: 9’55": Life before the Metropolitan Police Service:…Interview
Officer 24Detective SergeantG (Hackney) Commercial Street.CadetTrack…Interview
Officer 28Inspector Airport T (Staines), X (Hayes)(Tracks 1 – 7 empty) Track 8: 9’25”: (Introduction to interview) Life before…Interview
Officer 29Detective SuperintendentL, M, Y, SC6 Fraud Squad Tanzania. Training SchoolTrack…Interview
Officer 30Detective InspectorA and Special Branch (SB)Special BranchTrack 2:  04'50”:  Early life: 6yrs old returns to UK; boarding school; father stationed…Interview
Officer 31Chief Superintendent (District)Track 2:…Interview
Officer 32Detective SergeantH, G, K C1Track 2: 9'35”:  Life…Interview
Officer 33Sergeant X (Ealing), Q (Kilburn), F (Hammersmith & Fulham)Track 1: 10'  45": An introduction.…Interview
Officer 34ConstableWembleyTrack 2: 9'36”: Life before…Interview
Officer 35ConstableRDog SectionTrack 2: 4'37: Life before the…Interview
Officer 36SergeantF (Hammersmith) T (Bedfont)Track 2: 10'04"  Childhood. Father disabled in 1st World War.…Interview
Officer 37ConstableS, E, K, CO and N.SPG, Home Beat OfficerTrack 2: 11' 21” Life before the Met: only child; dad engineer and mum stayed at home; father had war work exemption from…Interview
Officer 38Chief InspectorInterview
Officer 39Chief SuperintendentTrack 2:  07'11”: Life before the…Interview
Officer 40Chief InspectorTraffic DivisionTrack 3: 2'37”: Life before joining the Metropolitan…Interview
Officer 41Deputy Assistant Commissioner E (Hampstead), Q (Harlesden), D (Paddington), ACadet TrafficTrack 1: 2'38”: Introduction to interview. Life before the Metropolitan Police:…Interview
Officer 42Detective InspectorX (Southall), D (Marylebone Lane), HeathrowA8 Public Order Personnel. Special ConstabularyTrack 1: 6’04” (Introduction to interview) Life before the Metropolitan Police…Interview
Officer 43Chief SuperintendentRoyalty ProtectionTrack2: 5’50” Life before the Metropolitan Police Service: Growing up in St Fergus, attending the country school, working…Interview
Officer 46ConstableF (Shepherds Bush), A (Palace of Westminster)Surrey Police SPGTrack 1: 1’09” Introduction to interview Track 2: 20’04” Life before the Metropolitan Police Service:…Interview
Officer 47CommanderD (Marylebone Lane), X (Ealing), T (Hounslow), B (Kensington)Track 1: 1’41” Introduction to interview Track 2: 15’45” Life before the Metropolitan Police Service:…Interview
Officer 50SuperintendentC (West End Central), Kentish Town, M (Southwark)Kent Police. Public Order. Marine Support Unit. Counter terrorism. StaffTrack 1:     8' 9”:   Introduction.   Early life.   Moved to Kent.  Service as Royal Marine Commando. Difficulty…Interview
Officer 51InspectorE (Kentish Town), S (Golders Green)CadetTrack 1Interview
Officer 52Chief SuperintendentR (Greenwich), E (Bow Street), Y (Hornsey), N (Holloway), G(City Road), S (Boreham Wood), E (Albany Street), Q (Wembley)Training School, DPG. MSD.Track 1: 18’14” (introduction to interview) Life before the Metropolitan Police…Interview
Officer 53InspectorA (Gerald Road), W (Lavender Hill), V ( Wimbledon) L (Clapham)Special Patrol group. Special BranchTrack1: 1' 2”: Introduction. Track 2: 3' 32”: Early life Father was painter…Interview
Officer 54Detective Chief InspectorR (Blackheath Road), H (Leman Street) Y (Wood Green), E (Albany Street)Forensic Science laboratory. Counterfeit Currency, Art and Antique Squad.Track 1: 17.27 Introduction: Eldest sister of three. Father was a printer. Mother…Interview
Officer 56ConstableJ (Walthamstow), G (Hackney)Air Support unit, Information Room RecruitingTrack 1:12'58”: Introduction to interview. Life before the Metropolitan Police:…Interview
Officer 57Chief InspectorA (Rochester Row), H (Leman Street),Track 1: 1.02 Introduction. Track 2: 2.56 Disruptive home life in Northampton…Interview
Officer 58ConstableM (Peckham), Y (Hornsey)Track 1: 00'43”: Introduction to the interview. Track 2: 04'56”: Life…Interview
Officer 59Detective ConstableZ (Croydon),P (Lewisham), V (Wimbledon), L (Brixton)Flying Squad. Drug SquadTrack 1: 14'24”: Introduction to interview. Life before the Metropolitan Police:…Interview
Officer 60Chief InspectorW (Battersea),Track 1: 1'03”: Introduction to interview. Track 2: 58'58”: Life before…Interview
Officer 61ConstableR (Woolwich), Deptford.Track A1: 7'53": Reasons…Interview
Officer 62SergeantResidential Home, Newton Abbott, DevonTrack…Interview
Officer 63ConstableD Tottenham Court Road and West End CentralTrack A2: 22' 10”:  Employed as…Interview
Officer 64ConstableK (Plaistow, Canning Town and Limehouse). X Division (Ruislip)Track…Interview
Officer 65Detective SergeantL, M, N, Y, CROCID CRO.Track A1: 13' 34": Introduction by Charles…Interview
Officer 66InspectorM (Carter Street & Tower Bridge), P (St Mary Cray & Sydenham), R (Lea Road), Z (Croydon).Track 1: 01'02”: Introduction to interview. Track 2: 15'58”: Life before the Met Police:…Interview
Officer 68ConstableTrack 1: 14’45’ Introduction to interview. Life before joining the MET. Lived…Interview
Officer 69Detective SergeantH, A (Cannon Row), E (Bow Street), J (Chadwell Heath and Barkingside), K (Harold Hill), N (Kings Cross)Cadets Stolen cars.Track 2:  9'45"  Early…Interview
Officer 77Detective SergeantTrack 2: 1’59”:  Life before joining the MET.  Life in Barking. …Interview
Officer 80Detective ConstableTrack 2: 3’42": Life…Interview
Officer 81ConstableHammersmith and Staines.Track 1: 3.14: Working in mines as a boy. Employed in shoemaking…Interview
Officer 84SuperintendentTrack 2: 1’52’: Life before joining…Interview
Officer 99ConstableTrack…Interview

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