John Kent Archive

  • John Kent (1805-1886) is widely acknowledged to be Britain’s first black police officer of the modern era of UK policing. He joined the police force in Maryport, Cumbria in 1835 before transferring to Carlisle Police in 1835. He was the son of a former slave, Thomas Kent. John also went on to have a career with the Railway Police. On Saturday 26 October 2019, Maryport Town Council honoured him with a blue plaque, placed on the wall in the street where the town jail was sited. The unveiling was by Workington MP Sue Hayman. She was accompanied by (from left) […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

    NBPA – John Kent, Britain’s first black police officer

    John Kent (1805-1886) is widely acknowledged to be Britain’s first black police officer of the modern era of UK policing. He joined the police force in Maryport, Cumbria in 1835 before transferring to Carlisle Police in 1835. He was the son of a former slave, Thomas Kent. John also went on to have a career with the Railway Police. On Saturday 26 October 2019, Maryport Town Council honoured him with a blue plaque, placed on the wall in the street where the town jail was sited. The unveiling was by Workington MP Sue Hayman. She was accompanied by (from left) […]

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