Britain's First Black Police Officer

Citizen 3/8/62 . Britain's first black police officer being sworn in at Gloucester Astley Lloyd Blair. (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 1148(1))

Astley Lloyd Blair was the first black policeman in Gloucestershire and the country.  It is believed that he was sworn in as a Special Constable  in 1962 having previously served with the police in Jamaica. In the archives there are two photos of him, one being sworn in and one at a Specials parade at Gloucester Cathedral.  He moved to the Metropolitan Police  and retired from there in 1988.

Mr Blair is featured in the BFI Player being interviewed by Reg Harcourt in Gloucester:

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