Well, it seems that we Desis are on a roll this time of the year, especially the women. With so many ladies getting acknowledged for making history, we have one more who has raised the bar higher – Gursoch Kaur.
This time an Indian-American woman made history by becoming the first ever turbaned Sikh woman to join the New York Police Department. Gursoch Kaur, a 20-year-old Queen’s resident, made it to the NYPD and the entire Sikh Community is all praises for their wonderful and brave daughter.
We are proud to welcome first #Sikh Turbaned female Auxiliary Police Officer in the @NYPDnews. APO Gursoach Kaur and other Auxiliary Police Officers graduated from the Academy. We are proud of you. Stay safe. #sikhsinlawenforcement pic.twitter.com/P4q2ysUVbK
— Sikh Officers Assoc. (@SikhOfficers) May 16, 2018
As a matter of fact, there are 190 full-time Sikh uniformed officers who work for the NYPD out of around 35000 officers. And of these 190 officers, only 10 are women.
The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri also tweeted congratulating her, expressing hope that her induction as a turbaned lady officer would aim to encourage others to join law enforcement and assist in creating a better understanding of Sikhism in the US.
Delighted to see a turbaned lady officer in NYPD. Hope this fosters better understanding of Sikhism & Sikhs & corrects perceptions in US so that incident which happened with me in 2010 & recently with @Canada minister @NavdeepSBains do not recur.
Sikhs are ambassadors of harmony https://t.co/cviJAI6hWD
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 19, 2018
He was referring to multiple incidents that have happened in the past where Sikh travelers have been asked to remove their turbans to undergo security checks, which is considered hurtful for the religious sentiments of the people.
Shabbash Gursoch Kaur!
We are proud of you as you become the first turbaned female Auxiliary Police Officer in New York Police Dept 🙏🏻
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) May 19, 2018
The Sikh turban, which stands for empathy, honesty, and service, among different other qualities, was earlier restricted from the attire of the police officers. In December 2016, this rule was withdrawn, and Sikh officers were allowed to wear a blue turban with the NYPD logo on it.
Gursoch Kaur is presently an Auxiliary Police Officer (APO), an officer who is prepared to help neighborhood police regions, housing police service regions, and transit regions.
She is also studying accounting at Nassau Community College. She trusts that her position as an APO will help her come nearer to turning into a full-time, sworn-in cop one day.
We hope that too Gursoch! Good luck to you!