University honour for Asian police chief

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ASIAN police chief Tarique Ghaffur, CBE is to be honoured by the University of Leicester.

Mr Ghaffur, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and a former Superintendent of the Leicestershire Constabulary, will be honoured at the University’s Jubilee Degree Congregations on 25 January.

Mr Ghaffur has had a distinguished career within the police force. In 1989 he became Superintendent and transferred to Leicestershire Constabulary from Greater Manchester Police. During this period he took part in a three-month FBI exchange. During his time in Leicester, he undertook a major review of the Jamaican Constabulary, examining murders, human rights abuses by police officers and firearms crime. He also conducted a review into Leicestershire Constabulary, resulting in a major re-organisation, and restructuring.

Most recently he presided over the high profile enquiries into the deaths of Damilola Taylor and Victoria Climbie.

Mr Ghaffur received the Queen’s Police Medal in 2001 and a CBE in 2004 while last year he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Speaking on his Honorary Doctorate he said: “It is an honour and privilege to receive the Honorary Doctorate Degree from such a recognised and highly respected University. Having worked and lived in Leicester, I know only too well the great multicultural credentials and traditions of the city that are shared by the University.”

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