Sislin Fay Allen
Sislin Fay Allen talks about her
experiences working in Croydon:
"On the selection day
there were so many people there,
the hall was filled with young men.
There were ten women
and I was the only black person.
I can remember one friend said,
'Oh they wouldn't accept you,
they don't accept black people
in the force,'
and so I said,
'Well my dear,
I've got news for you,'
and I showed her the letter."
"The first day on the beat in Croydon
but it wasn't too bad
because I went out with an officer.
People were curious
to see a black woman there in uniform
walking up and down,
but I had no problem at all,
not even from the public.
On the day I joined
I nearly broke a leg
trying to run away from reporters.
I realised then
that I was a history maker.
I didn't set out to make history,
I just wanted a change of direction."