Monday 18th November 2002
Mayor presents first citizenship award
Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, presented the first
Mayor's Citizenship Award to Detective Chief Inspector,
David Michael, at a reception and award ceremony in his
honour, at the Town Hall, Catford SE6 on Friday 15 November.
Detective Chief Inspector David Michael was the first
black police constable to be stationed in Lewisham in
the early 1970s and returned to the borough as Detective
Sergeant in 1984 until 1986. He is also a
resident of the borough.
He was presented with the Mayor's Citizenship Award for
his contribution to the police service and the community
over the last 30 years. He will retire from the Metropolitan
Police service in December 2002.
Presenting the award, Steve said: "David is a successful
and highly respected police officer and has done so whilst
also being a very good advocate for the kind of changes
that our community has needed to make
in how we deal with the issues of race.
"He is an inspiration to people of all ages in Lewisham
and up and down the country. His career, to date, demonstrates
his professionalism, his commitment to serving the community,
and quite clearly what can be achieved through hard work
"I am extremely proud to present the first Mayor's
Citizenship Award on behalf of the Council to David and
wish him all the very best when he retires."
Chief Inspector David Michael said: "I am extremely
grateful to be presented with this award. I am very proud
of the borough and my two daughters were born in Lewisham.
It has been great policing and living in Lewisham albeit
my early days as police officer was very challenging.
"I look forward to continuing to play an active
role in the borough."
A photograph of DCI Michael's receiving his award is
available from the
Communications Unit on 020 8314 9001.
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