Michael Fuller – Keynote Speaker

Former Chief Constable of Kent Police and Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service, first ethnic minority chief constable in the UK

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Specialist Subjects

  • Race
  • Crime
  • Policing Issues

Language

  • English

Biography

Michael Fuller had a long and distinguished career in the Police Service. He started his police career as a Cadet in 1975 and worked in a number of uniformed and senior CID roles, rising to the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police.

In 2004 he made history in the UK when he was appointed Chief Constable of Kent and became Britain’s first black chief constable. During the year of this appointment he received the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished police service.

During Michael’s 26 years in the Metropolitan Police he helped set up the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force and drew up the Met Police action plan in response to criticism of the force arising from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. He was also the founding chair of the Met Police Black Police Association, set up in London, to support black and Asian police officers who had been victims of discrimination.

As a senior detective at New Scotland Yard, Michael Fuller served as a Commander in charge of detectives in the Serious Crime Group in London. He also set up and successfully commanded the Operation Trident Command Unit, which had been set up to tackle the rising levels of gun crime and gang violence in the year 2000.

As Chief Constable of Kent Police he introduced neighbourhood policing. He also oversaw many high profile operations, including solving of the Tonbridge Securitas robbery investigation where £53 million pounds had been stolen in an armed robbery. Under his leadership Kent Police was recognised by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary as one of the five most improved police forces on a wide range of measures.

Whilst Chief Constable, Michael qualified as a Barrister (non-practising) and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in July 2007.

After retiring from the Police, Michael qualified as a lawyer and became Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service. He was appointed in April 2010 and reported directly to the Attorney General and the Justice Committee of the House of Commons. His main responsibilities were the inspection of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office.

Michael Fuller has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Law by Sussex University, the University of East London, Arden University and BPP University College. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sussex University.

His favourite speaking topics are in relation to crime, race and policing issues based on his recent memoir entitled “Kill the black one first” – A memoir of hope and Justice.

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