The annual awards, held by international publisher Asian Media Group, showcases ethnic achievement, talent and leadership in the UK.
In addition to this accolade awarded to high-achieving individuals, AC Basu, who is the head of counter terrorism policing nationally, also charted at number three in the GG2 Power List, which profiles the top 101 most influential British Asians.
Upon receiving his award last night, AC Basu said:
“Thank you so much, it’s incredibly humbling to be here with some other incredible award winners. This award isn’t for me – it is a team score. It’s a large group of people we should be saluting. There are incredible heroes in this country – I work with them every day. They’re the reason I can sleep safe at night. We should all be saluting them. There’s a number of them working hard in this room tonight. Thank you very much to them.”
“There aren’t enough female, black, minority, ethnic police officers in this country – we want more – if anyone is inspired by the sight of a senior Asian police officer, we are recruiting! Thank you.”
The AC, whose father was a doctor and mother was a nurse, joined the police service in 1992 because he also wanted to make a contribution to the community.
He has worked as a Detective in all ranks within the Met Police, up to Detective Superintendent and in a range of areas including anti-corruption and homicide for Trident within the Serious and Organised Crime Command.
He has also held the posts of Area Commander for south east London, and head of armed policing within the Met.
AC Basu was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 2015, leading on protection and security, including Royalty and Specialist Protection, Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection, Aviation Policing and Protective Security Operations.
He took up the role of Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism in October 2016, and was responsible for delivering the police response to pursuing terrorists and the Prevent strategy.
He became Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations in March this year.
The Met is recruiting police officers now. It is not an easy job but it is rewarding, packed with new and interesting experiences every day. Anyone who thinks they could play a part in making London a safer place and is interested in starting a career in policing can find more information at www.met.police.uk/car/careers/met/police-officer-roles
For more information on the G22 awards, see www.gg2leadershipawards.co.uk