Scotland Yard's first Indian-origin counter-terrorism chief has won the Asian Achievers' Award in the Uniformed and Civil Services category for his contribution to policing in the UK. He was honoured for his contribution to policing in the UK at the 18th annual awards event, organised by UK-based media house Asian Business Publications Limited (ABPL) Group.
Basu had been the front-runner for Britain's top job in counter-terrorism, often referred to as the toughest policing role in the country. He is well regarded by others in policing as well as by MI5, the UK's internal security service which works closely with the police on countering terror attacks.
The award citation described Mr Basu's job as "one of the toughest policing roles in the country" and praised his hard work and dedication in achieving such seniority within the force as the "first officer of Asian heritage to hold the post in the UK”. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May noted in her message for the awards night at Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London, said, “(British Asians) continue to excel across all spheres of society...I am determined to ensure the government looks more like the country it serves, and to see a new generation creating opportunities for people across the whole of the UK" .
Importantly, the Asian Achievers Awards has helped to raise around 1.5 million pounds for various causes and charities since its launch in 2000. This year's chosen beneficiary was Oracle Cancer, a leading charity funding research into head and neck cancer, which attracted nearly 100,000 pounds through donations and an auction hosted by famous British author Lord Jeffrey Archer.