While 1966 may be remembered for a certain sporting event in many people’s eyes, it will be remembered in the West Midlands as the year policing changed forever.
Mohamed Yusuf Daar (Jo), a former Inspector in the British colony of Tanganyika (which became Tanzania), moved to England and enquired about a job working for Coventry City Police. He signed up, and became the first Asian officer in the history of the West Midlands. Two years later in 1968, his brother Mohammed Yunus Daar also joined Coventry City Police, and served for 14 years.
Also joining Birmingham City Police in 1966 from Trinidad was Ralph Ramadhar, who became the first black police officer in the West Midlands. Jo Daar wrote a letter of support to him when he was appointed, and the two men regularly met up to share their experiences and support each other. He was made the first black sergeant in the country in 1970.