Indian-American Sikh Becomes First Turban-wearing Deputy Constable in Harris CountyFebruary 01, 2020 12:23
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An Indian- American law enforcement officer has scripted history as he became the first- ever turban- wearing Sikh to be sworn in as Deputy Constable in Harris County.
Amrit Singh who is 21 years old was an Indian- American law enforcement officer has now become the Deputy Constable in Harris County in Texas state in the United States.
He is said to be the first person to wear a turban which is considered as an article of faith and also a beard and uncut hair in his profession in the line of duty.
An historic day as we swear in Deputy Constable Amrit Singh - the FIRST Sikh deputy Constable ever in Harris County. We’ve also now adopted a new policy which specifically allows our deputy constables to wear articles of faith in uniform. #hounews pic.twitter.com/O0lanJvWHw— Constable Alan Rosen Harris County Pct. 1 (@Pct1Constable) January 21, 2020
The swearing- in ceremony of Amrit Singh has coincided with the adoption of a new policy which is said to allow the law enforcement officers in nearly every single officer in the constable’s office of the Harris County to wear their article of faith while in uniform.
This means that Sikhs can be able to wear a turban and sport a beard in his uniform while on duty.
Amrit Singh has said that he wanted to be a deputy while growing up and his Sikh faith has also been very important to him. He added saying that he had received a call from Constable Alan Rosen who was the first one to give him a call back and has opened the agency with open arms.
Singh will now go on to training for months and would later get assigned to patrol within Precinct One.
The national headlines regarding the wearing of article of faith that has been fought by Sheriff’s deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal has been made by Harris County in the year 2015. Sandeep Dhaliwal had fought to wear his turban and to sport his beard on duty and has also won rights regarding the same.
Bobby Singh who is a Sikh community leader has said that the legacy of Dhaliwal is not far removed and his service will be acknowledged and would be continued as a gift to be given in his recognition and legacy.
Dhaliwal was the first Sikh to join the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 and has become the first Sikh law enforcement officer who has been allowed to wear his articles of faith being the turban and beard in uniform in the year 2015.
He has been shot and killed last year during a traffic stop.
Manpreet Singh of the Sikh Coalition has said that after the death of Dhaliwal, the willingness to change the policies has been signaled by the law enforcement agencies in California, Washington and in Texas.
By Shrithika Kushangi