Police Constable Andrea Reynolds, who joined the force in 1995, spent five years as a beat bobby in Coventry before moving to the police's Tally Ho training center in Birmingham.
Meanwhile, her name became familiar to book-lovers as she published several volumes of poetry based on her experiences as a police officer and her Jamaican heritage.
West Midlands police chief Sir Edward Crew presented Reynolds with a Chief Constable's Special Award for her outstanding work.
Reynolds has worked with the local and national Black Police Association on equal opportunities issues and will address the International Association of Women Police Officers' in Australia at the end of 2002.
Her immediate boss, Chief Inspector Mick Gillick, said "As a result of her energy and activity in issues surrounding diversity, her achievements were recently acknowledged by the Pantheon of Outstanding West Indian Heroes.
"Her photograph was included in the exhibition, which is traveling around the world celebrating the successes of those inducted into the Pantheon."