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Police chief honoured at Palace

Kinston Guardian article

Kingston's top officer travelled to Buckingham Palace last Wednesday to collect the Queen's Police Medal he received in the New Year Honours.

Chief Superintendent Jeffrey Brathwaite, 53, (pictured) the first black borough commander of Kingston, was honoured for 28 years of loyal service and pioneering work in tackling race crime and issues.

Last week he took his wife and two children, aged 10 and 12, to receive the coveted medal from Her Majesty in a formal ceremony.

Chief Supt Brathwaite said: "It was quite an occasion. My wife and children were extremely proud and really enjoyed the experience."

Chief Supt Brathwaite was a founding member of the Black Staff Associations and the first operational commander of the race and violent crime task force set up in response to the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.