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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ignoring naysayers he makes his mark: Police Super Leroy Logan MBE

Leroy Logan
Police Superintendent
(UK, ret.)
Stayed the course for "causes"
By Carolyn Bennett 
(editing, re-reporting)

Retiring police officer Leroy Logan is one of Britain’s most prominent black officers; and, according to one of Britain’s most senior Muslim officers, Logan’s rise was never smooth.

Leroy Logan retires this month as Police Superintendent, London (United Kingdom Law Enforcement), founding member and past chair of both the National and London Black Police Associations, current chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association Charitable Trust, and recipient of an Order of the British Empire: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or MBE.

Britain’s top cop who coordinated safety and security during the London 2012 Games said during his tenure he “never made compromises ‘for the sake of being popular’” and on retirement he is “looking forward to creating ‘a manual, a memoir’ on issues such as equality, fairness and justice,  which affect the British police service.”
Norwell Roberts
Britain's first diverse
4th from left
crisis at the top Superintendent Leroy Logan’s example

Recalling his own journey in the UK police service, Logan said in a press interview that he ‘had applied for promotion and out of the blue (he) got a phone call from a senior officer (who) was not even my line manager. (The officer) had just heard that I had applied and he called and said don’t go for that promotion.… You aren’t ready. Then he offered me an administrative post.’

Logan ignored the call and submitted his application for promotion.

Leroy Logan
Police Superintendent
(UK, ret.)
He was promoted and his career flourished.

He spent the 2012 Olympics as one of the senior officers lauded for organizing the security operation.

‘If I had listened to (that senior officer), I’d still be in that admin job. They hold you back. That sort of thing happens all the time.’

Police and community

U.S.  partner
Superintendent Logan has revealed in interviews that during the period of his initial application to the UK police service, his father, a truck driver, had been severely beaten by one of Britain’s police officers. His father objected to Logan’s choice of profession; but despite his father’s displeasure, Logan pursued the application process. He said he preferred to attempt change from within.  
This past spring, Logan said in a Guardian interview, “‘The real litmus test (in police community relations) is still the vexed issue of stop and search and its disproportionate application in black and minority ethnic communities (echo USA); many people perceive that the police are involved in racial profiling?’

U.S. ally
Home of
U.S. 5th Fleet 
In a July 7, 2013, statement, the National Black Police Association paid tribute to London Metropolitan Police Superintendent Leroy Logan for his “thirty-plus years of distinguished service to Policing and Communities of London.” The NBPA praised Logan for being: 
one of its early pioneers, one of the great architects of the movement to reform British Policing ─ from ‘the inside out’ with regard to race relations; 
…a constant source of inspiration to the NBPA;

…a central presence in NBPA’s response to seminal events that shaped the organization; and
Leroy Logan
Police Superintendent
(UK, ret.)

…an authentic voice within the black community.


for the first time I heard Superintendent Leroy Logan and some of his story and ideas. He appeared in a segment of “Broadcasting House” (archived online), a BBC Radio 4 Sunday morning magazine with news and conversation about big stories of the week. He is a man of considerable insight on an inspiring journey. 

Sources and notes

Leroy Logan

In 2000, Leroy Logan was awarded an MBE for his contribution to policing. In 2005, he received the Long Service Police medal. In 2010 the Association of Colleges National Gold award for his contribution to education. Leroy has developed his own youth outreach and community engagement company called REALLITY (Raising Everyone’s Awareness of Lives Lost in the Youth). http://www.fiveeyes.tv/profiles/profile_detail.php?pid=151

He grew up in Hackney and after completing his science degree and before joining the Metropolitan Police Service in 1983, he worked in clinical research in the Medical Unit of the Royal Free Hospital, London, which was headed by Professor Dame Shiela Sherlock. http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/leroy-logan-mbe/15/43b/258
Also: http://www.fiveeyes.tv/profiles/profile_detail.php?pid=151

“Olympic Cop Leroy Logan’s Dad Was ‘Savagely Beaten’ ─ Superintendent reveals he joined the police force after his father was the victim of police brutality) (Written by Poppy Brady) December 2, 2012, http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/olympic-cop-leroy-logan%E2%80%99s-dad-was-%E2%80%98savagely-beaten%E2%80%99

Video: Met racism claims are 'falling on deaf ears'
April 7 2012 | News

Superintendent Leroy Logan of the National Black Police Association says black communities have been complaining about their treatment at the hands of the police for years, but that it has only just come into the public eye.

Video: Met racism claims are 'falling on deaf ears'
April 7 2012 | News

Superintendent Leroy Logan of the National Black Police Association says black communities have been complaining about their treatment at the hands of the police for years, but that it has only just come into the public eye.


“Why are there so few top black British police officers? ─ There is not a single black or ethnic minority officer on the career ladder that should be carrying them to the top ranks of British policing. What has gone wrong after all the promises about increased diversity?” January 30, 2013, http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/30/why-top-black-police-officers?INTCMP=SRCH

“Metropolitan police still institutionally racist, say black and Asian officers ─ Metropolitan Black Police Association says the force has failed to change racist mindset behind Stephen Lawrence failures,” April 21, 2013, http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/21/metropolitan-police-institutionally-racist-black?INTCMP=SRCH

“Leroy Logan MBE Retirement NBPA Tribute,” July 7, 2013, http://www.nbpa.co.uk/home/leroy-logan-retirement-nbpa-tribute/
Other links:
Ushine Ishine Interview: Leroy Logan MBE: MET Police Superintendent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTO7qcybsKU
Linked in: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/leroy-logan-mbe/15/43b/258
Superintendent Leroy Logan MBE on diversity in the police service. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TquE8ovSdrI
Met racism claims are ‘falling on deaf ears’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9191935/Met-racism-claims-are-falling-on-deaf-ears.html
Leroy Logan MBE gets Gold Award at the Commons. http://www.hackney.ac.uk/news-events/news/119/leroy-logan-mbe-gets-gold-award-at-the-commons/
•OBV, http://www.flickr.com/photos/operationblackvote/6641396227/


The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on June 4, 1917, by King George V.

The Order is composed of five classes in civil and military divisions. In descending order of seniority, they are:
Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE)
Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE or DBE)
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

London Borough of Hackney, one of the boroughs of Inner London created in 1965; it incorporates the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney.


Organizers of REALLITY (Raising Everyone’s Awareness of Lives Lost in the Youth): “There was a need to better understand what is missing from the lives of young people and to spread an anti-gun and knife message.” http://operationblackvote.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/hope-at-the-end-of-the-road-its-a-reality/

Linked In profile
Leroy Logan MBE, Police Superintendent, London, United Kingdom Law Enforcement

Current: Superintendent at Olympic Policing Co-ordination Team
Chairman at REALLITY; Founder Member and Past Chair of both the National and London Black Police Associations at the Black Police Association movement

Past: Research Scientist at Royal Free Hospital
Education: Chartered Management Institute; University of East London; Hackney Community College, Hackney, London

Leroy Logan MBE, FCMI, BSc

Experienced in managing successful programs, risk and knowledge management, in addition to legacy benefits linked with the safety and security program for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

As the Deputy Borough Commander of Hackney, contributed significantly in the borough receiving three consecutive Commissioner’s Commendations (2004-07), for delivering top performance in service delivery out of all the boroughs in the Metropolitan Police Service

Broad experience as a member of senior management in all aspects of accounting, auditing and financial management; in addition to the effective and efficient deployment of assets through transformational leadership and performance management principles, based on reliable intelligence &/or verifiable information.

Wealth of experience in equality and human rights issues, currently the Olympic Policing Coordination team lead on Equality Standards in the Police Service (ESPS).

Strategic and local adviser in developing community engagement and problem solving frameworks; as well as community assessment of need and risk in vulnerable groups, especially in young people, and where to effectively deploy assets

Vast experiences in setting up and holding director and trustee positions on charities, social enterprises and other constituted bodies with a good understanding of successful governance arrangements, articles of association and constitutions; especially since forming REALLITY in 2007.

Thirty (30) years practical policing experience and related work within the UK Justice system that included being a founder member and past Chairman of both the London and National Black Police Association; in addition to developing national and international partnerships

More than twenty years experience in media engagement and public speaking.

Specialties: (1) Qualified in managing successful programs (MSPs); (2) Accredited Assessment Centre assessor and de-briefer; (3) Accredited trainer and mentor; (4) Fairness at work adviser; (5) Developing operational learning frameworks; (6) Diversity in action to improve performance; (7) Partnership work with the statutory, private and voluntary sectors; in addition to multi-agency work at a strategic level in response to critical and major incidences; (8) Experienced facilitator, opinion former and public speaker

Leroy Logan MBE’s Experience
Superintendent: Olympic Policing Co-ordination Team
November 2007 – Present (5 years 9 months) London, UK

Learning & Legacy Manager: Chairman, REALLITY
October 2007 – Present (5 years 10 months)

Social enterprise that works towards building capacity and capability in young people through faith-based mentoring, working in partnership with likeminded statutory/non-statutory organizations and individuals; Founder Member and Past Chair of both the National and London Black Police Associations the Black Police Association movement September 1994 – Present (18 years 11 months)

A non statutory police staff association that works to improve the working environment of black police personnel, with the aim of improving service delivery to the black and wider communities in the UK ─ Superintendent Metropolitan Police Service Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Law Enforcement industry June 1983 – Present (30 years 2 months)

Research Scientist Royal Free Hospital June 1980 – June 1983 (3 years 1 month)

Through his active role in the Met Black Police Association (BPA), as a founder member and past Chair, Leroy also contributed to their written and oral submission to the Lawrence Inquiry, and this led him to being a member of the Lawrence Steering Group chaired by the Home Secretary.

He was also selected to give written and oral submission to the Victoria Climbie’ Inquiry, in addition to the 2005 and 2009 Metropolitan Police Authority inquiries.

Leroy Logan is married with three adult children, http://www.fiveeyes.tv/profiles/profile_detail.php?pid=151

“Broadcasting House,” BBC Radio 4, presenter Paddy O'Connell, July 21, 2013, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037524m#programme-broadcasts

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