National Black Police Association

Passing of Sislin Fay Allen, the UK’s first black policewoman

The National Black Police Association sadly announces the passing of Sislin Fay Allen (83), who broke barriers as Britain’s first black policewoman.

Her family said: “It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved mother, Sislin. She passed away at her home in Jamaica, Ocho Rios. As the first black female police officer in the Metropolitan police force, she not only paved the way for so many other minority and female officers, she set the bar. Last year, she was given a special award for her accomplishments by the National Black Police Association, after Sky News visited her in Jamaica in celebration of Black History Month. We thank everyone for all their support,” said her family.

Andy George, President of the National Black Police Association, said: “Her contribution to policing in the United Kingdom cannot be underestimated. The courage that trailblazers like her showed in joining the police service allowed others to follow a career in policing. We thought it was fitting to name an annual award in her honour to showcase her contribution to policing and to ensure a long-lasting legacy is created in her name to recognise fellow trailblazers in policing today.”

We extend our deepest sympathy to Sislin Fay Allen’s family and our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

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