A friend reminded me yesterday of the 4-year anniversary, of the passing of Karin Mulligan on 27 March. Karin was one of Britain’s most senior black police women whom I had worked with at Greater Manchester Police, but sadly lost her battle with cancer aged just 45.
No doubt by many, she will be remembered for fighting inequality and social injustice within GMP, having taken positive action under discrimination law against the Force several times.
Even for someone with her ability and integrity, she had reached the ceiling within policing – like, so many. An awful shame.
It is fair to say that, Greater Manchester Police didn’t recognise her valuable contribution to diversity and making policing better for all whilst she was alive but did after her death. I guess, it’s never too late.
However, like Karin though – who set the bar for people like me and paved the way – I am fighting the same causes within the Police Service in 2013 she was whilst alive.
What really has changed?
Upon her death, her husband Kevin Mulligan who is a Chief Superintendent at GMP and whom I also worked with said:
“She was also an exemplary police officer who challenged injustice and prejudice wherever she found it, thereby, earning the respect and admiration of many…”.
This has been a… Gone But Never Forgotten, ‘View from the Bottom’.
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