Neil Basu, an Indian-origin officer, is at the head of the race to become the next commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police. The British media reported this information. Basu Dame, a counter-terrorism officer in Britain, is a strong candidate to replace Cressida Dick, Britain’s first woman police chief. Dick resigned from his post earlier this week. He is currently the Assistant Commissioner (Special Operations) of the London Metropolitan Police, aged 53.
His father was a surgeon from Kolkata and had moved to Britain in the 1960s where he married a Welsh nurse. Basu graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in economics, joined the Met Police in 1992, then became chief of counter-terrorism and specialist operations before becoming director of the College of Policing.
According to the Guardian; during the London Bridge incident two years ago, Basu and his team caught and killed Usman Khan Was, after that Basu’s fame increased further. He has previously spoken out about the discrimination he endured as a child.
The Evening Standard reported that he said that in a blog post in October 2020, he was not fond of “Black History Month” as he “doesn’t like the fact that we need a special month for the recognition and celebration of black achievement and for understanding racism”.