Britain’s first black police officer honoured by Metropolitan Police Service

On Friday 7th October 2016, Chief Superintendent Craig Haslam and Superintendent Robyn Williams QPM of the MPS, dedicated a room at the new Police Training Centre, Hendon, to former Detective Sergeant and Freemason, Norwell Roberts.

The Commissioner was also present at the Passing out Parade at which Norwell was one of the honoured Guests.

Superintendent Robyn Williams says: “As we reach the milestone of achieving over 4000 BME offices we must not forget the trail-blazers. Almost 50 years ago, a young Norwell Roberts was the first black officer to join the modern police service”.

Norwell, who joined the Metropolitan Police in 1967, was subsequently awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 1996. He retired from the police in 1997 as a Detective Sergeant, and was recently featured in the ITV documentary ‘Inside Scotland Yard with Trevor McDonald’.

Norwell was initiated in the Beauchamp Lodge No. 1422 in 1985, and is currently a member of Radlett Lodge No. 6652, in Hertfordshire. He is also active in the Royal Arch, and Royal and Select Masters and the Mark Degree, where he is the Provincial Grand Almoner in Hertfordshire.

When asked how he felt about the room dedication, he said “I am completely blown over by the event. I only hope that my contribution to the Police Force, and latterly Masonry in general, serves to encourage others.”

Caption Norwell Roberts, Chief Superintendent Craig Haslam and Supt. Williams at the room naming

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