Nigerian Appointed London Police First Black Commander.

Mr. Victor Olisa, a UK-based
Nigerian and a Chief
Superintendent with the London
Metropolitan Police has been
appointed as the first black
commander for Bexley local council in London. “Policing runs in the family and I
have always wanted to be a
police officer and ethnicity does
not affect that,” Olisa told the
Europe Correspondent of the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in his reaction on the appointment
in London. Olisa, whose grandfather was a
police officer in Nigeria, said his
focus was on the job rather
than on being the “first
black’’ adding that his ethnicity
never affected the way he carried out his duties. “I consider myself first and
foremost a police officer. If
(being black) is an advantage,
then brilliant; If it’s a
disadvantage, I will have to deal
with that, I can’t hide it.” Olisa said a lot was being done to
address racism within the force,
adding that it was the
responsibility of the force to
correct wrongs and not an
institution for people with racist views. “I am impeccably against anyone
who uses racist language or
behaves in a racist manner. This
will not be allowed under my
watch. “I believe that everyone should
be treated with dignity
wherever they come from,’’
Olisa said. Olisa, 52, born in Warri, Delta, is
one of the three chief
superintendents from black
minority ethnic background
working for the Metropolitan
Police. He started his career in Surrey
Police in 1982 before
transferring to the City of
London Police in 1990 as
detective inspector in the Fraud
Squad. After a spell at the Home Office,
he transferred to the
Metropolitan police in 2006 as a
superintendent in Southwark
Council before his recent
appointment.

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