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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 and dedication.

"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.

Note to editors:

  • The Mayor's Citizenship Award scheme was set up in November 2002 to acknowledge people in the community who may not therwise receive the recognition they deserve.
  • The Award is for outstanding work and contribution to the community for the betterment of the people of Lewisham.
  • Detective Chief Inspector David Michael started his career as a Police Constable in Lewisham in April 1973 and currently works in the Deputy Commissioner's Command at New Scotland Yard. He has received numerous commendationsduring his 30 years of service and retires from the Metropolitan Police force on 17 December 2002.