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Mike Fuller
Mike Fuller
Britain's first black Chief Constable

Fuller, 44 and married father of two, began his career as a Met Cadet in 1975. He became a constable and served in a number of London's communities including Fulham, Hammersmith and Lambeth. He won a scholarship to study at Sussex University and obtained a degree in social psychology, he is also the holder of a Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Fuller served in both uniformed and Criminal Investigation branches throughout his career. He wrote the Mets action plan and went onto set up the Met's Racial and Violent Crime Task Force after the Macpherson report accused the Met of 'institutional racism' over the Stephen Lawrence case. He is currently serving in the Serious Crime Group at New Scotland Yard.

He was the founding chair of the Black Police Association and has mentored and supported many black officers throughout his twenty six year career.

In April 2001 he was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner, the fourth highest rank in the Met. At the time he said: "The perception of the glass ceiling is finally being broken.'

Fuller set up and commanded Operation Trident, the unit set up to tackle black on black crime within London urban communities. In collaboration with community members he pioneered the use of adverts on flyers handed out at clubs and used innovative techniques, including a distinctive Trident logo to market the work of Operation Trident within the black community.

He takes up his appointment as Chief Constable of Kent in January 2004. Following the announcement of his appointment he said:

"I am delighted with my appointment and I am looking forward to the challenge of being the chief constable of Kent. I hope this will be an example to others. I think what I have demonstrated is that young black people should not be deterred from seeking advancement. I have generally had a very rewarding and satisfying career and any hurdles I have had to overcome because of my colour have not deterred me from seeking promotion and wanting to advance within the police service. I hope we can achieve in Britain the same situation as you see in America where it's no big deal to see a black police chief. It's a great opportunity and I am really looking forward to it."

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