Dr Jeffrey Brathwaite was born in Congo Road, St Philip, Barbados. He was a student at Princess Margaret High School until the age of 16. He came to the UK in the late 1960s and after a short stint in the Army, worked as a psychiatric nurse for four years.
Dr Brathwaite joined the Metropolitan Police Service on the 2nd December 1974 as a constable. He rose through the ranks in both Uniform and CID roles. In 1997, as Uniform Superintendent he was responsible for operational policing in the Borough of Croydon until a year later, when he was appointed Deputy Director of the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force at New Scotland Yard.
The Task Force provided leadership and vision at a time of crisis, during the high profile Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. One of his key achievements at that time was the development and coordination of the first Independent Advisory Group in UK policing. Independent advisors now bring community perspectives to policing that have proved beneficial to community-police relationships over the years while independent Advisory groups have been adopted by most of the UK Police Services.
In 2001, Dr Brathwaite was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Police Borough Commander for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. In 2003, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished Police service in the community. He was presented with the medal by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace in April of that year.
Dr Brathwaite retired from the Metropolitan Police on the June 4th, 2004 after 30 years of service. Following that, he pursued a second career as an Organisational Management Consultant until 2015 when he finally retired from full time employment.