1966- Policing for all communities

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, his brother Mohammed Yunus Daar also joined Coventry City Police, and served for 14 years.

Also joining Birmingham City Police that year 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.

2012- A year of celebration

2012 was a big year for WMP and the UK as a whole, with three massive public events and a new elected official holding the Chief Constable to account.

The first major event took place across the region, as the Olympic Torch Relay passed through the West Midlands in late June and early July. Officers helped protect the torch as the public lined the streets to welcome it to the region. In addition, a special concert was held in Cannon Hill Park.

Then in mid-July, Queen Elizabeth II visited the area as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour. Arriving at Snow Hill, she toured Birmingham City Centre before going to on to name the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The final big event of the summer was the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, taking place between July and September. Officers were deployed across the country as the action gripped the country, with the City of Coventry Stadium (Ricoh Arena) hosting some of the football events, including the GB women’s team’s quarter final against Canada. The feel good factor was felt by fans and officers alike.

Finally, in November, a historic first took place, as 41 men and women across the country were elected Police and Crime Commissioners. Bob Jones beat six other candidates to be the first elected PCC in the West Midlands.