Indian-origin women are making news around the world. Mandeep Kaur Sidhu, the first Kiwi-Indian woman police officer in New Zealand police force, has been promoted to the rank of senior Sergeant. She was recently presented with her badge by police commissioner Andrew Coster at a ceremony in Wellington, as per her social media account.
About Mandeep Kaur Sidhu
Mandeep was born and brought up in Malwa, Punjab. She reportedly migrated to Australia in 1999, at the age of 26. After living there for a short while, she moved to New Zealand
and initially worked as a Taxi Driver. She joined the country’s police force in 2004.
She worked as an ethnic people’s community relations officer at Henderson Police station in Waitemata. As per the reports, it was her childhood dream to become a police officer. As a community relations officer, she has had to attend community meetings, host media programmes, look into the problems of the ethnic populations, give cultural and ethnic advice and ensure cultural harmony.
Furthermore, she has worked as a frontline officer in a number of areas such as road policing, family violernce, investigation support as well as neighbourhood and community policing.
About her achievement, she told in her social media post that this is not just a feat of an individual, but a milestone for the women of colour in New Zealand. She added that her accomplishment makes her represented and valued by the nation.
A devout Sikh who regularly visits Gurudwara, Mandeep has been respected by the police force for her hardwork and her journey of overcoming cultural and personal barriers she faced while raising her two children.
Mandeep spent first few years away from her children. She eventually won the custody via Indian courts to bring her children to New Zealand. In an interview with Radio NZ, she said, “This photograph is of the day I’m leaving India. My daughter is eight and my son is six. They were not told I was going overseas. We were afraid my in-laws would try to take them from me.”
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