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Leading black officer’s dad was ‘savagely beaten’ by police

HEADING FOR RETIREMENT: Superintendent Leroy Logan

A SENIOR London police officer spoke of how an incident in which his father was once ‘savagely beaten’ by officers was a major reason for him joining the force.

Superintendent Leroy Logan, a founder member of the National Black Police Association, said he had a calling to join the police following the assault on his lorry driver father, who went on to successfully sue officers for the attack.

“At the time my father was not best pleased with my decision to join the police,” said Logan, speaking in Birmingham, a former science graduate who opted to swap his postgraduate medical research career for the police force.

Logan himself won damages of £100,000 from the Metropolitan Police seven years ago for racial discrimination and victimisation which was settled before it was due to go before an employment tribunal.

But now with retirement on the horizon in six months time, he is planning his farewell party where he hopes to have a smile on his face and say that whatever his colleague did over the years he was not ‘ground down.’

Logan was invited to be guest speaker at a Rotary Club of Birmingham lunch organised by its president Beverly Lindsay.

He spoke about his role co-ordinating the safety and security of the London 2012 Games, adding that the spirit of the Olympics was echoed by Rotary’s ‘test’ of respect, excellence and friendship.

He said the Olympic torch relay across the UK before the Games created ‘a snowball effect’ of goodwill with local heroes running with the torches.

Logan added that he had never made compromises ‘for the sake of being popular’ and was looking forward to creating ‘a manual – a memoir’ after his retirement on wide issues affecting the force such as equality, fairness and justice.

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