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Asquith Gibbes’ contribution to London police

Published:Monday | July 13, 2020 | 12:15 AM


There has been much discussion about the contribution of black people to the British society.

One such person is Asquith Gibbes – a Grenadian who made a substantial contribution to the improvement of policing in London. Asquith’s work started in Lewisham, where he was the principal community relations officer.

He worked with successive Lewisham borough commanders. He initiated the first help on arrest scheme, and the first local police advisory group in Lewisham, and worked at strategic levels with members of the High Command at Scotland Yard, the Home Office, and the then Commission for Racial Equality.

His work was honoured by the Lewisham police, who, within four months of his death in 2013, set up an annual Asquith Gibbes Memorial Award. In June 2019, Lewisham police had a memorial plaque recognising him unveiled on the wall of the police station.

Asquith was also a founder of the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign at Millwall FC in 1993, an initiative that was later adopted across the FA.

It is most appropriate that those black individuals who spent their lifetime working to make a difference to the quality of life enjoyed by all, be remembered.