A controversial and inspirational true life story that details the appalling prejudice faced by the most senior BAME officer in the London Metropolitan police force.
In an enthralling narrative, Parm Sandhu chronicles her journey from life in 1960s Birmingham as the fourth child of immigrants from the Punjab to the senior ranks of the Met. Forced into an abusive arranged marriage aged just 16, Parm eventually picked up her newborn son and escaped to London. After several years working in the DHSS, she joined the Met as a constable.
In a police career lasting thirty years, she worked in everything from crime prevention to counter-terrorism, however, her time on the force was chequered throughout with incidents of racial and gender discrimination, and she eventually found herself facing a spurious charge of gross misconduct.
In Black and Blue Parm tells her shocking story and of her quest for justice in her police work and for herself. It is a story that cannot fail to inspire anyone who has experienced prejudice or abuse of any kind.
Parm Sandhu joined the police in 1989 and rose through the ranks to become the highest ranking female Asian officer in the Met. Among many honours, Parm has been awarded Asian Women of the Year, the Vasakhi Award (Mayor of London) and Sikh Women of Distinction (Sikh Women's Alliance).
Stuart Prebble was for many years a leading television journalist, notably on ITV's World in Action programme, and later became CEO of ITV. He is now a successful producer and writer.