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Houston police honour fallen Indian-American policeman, change dress code policy for Sikh cops


HOUSTON: In honour of fallen Indian-American Sikh police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, the Houston Police Department has changed its dress code coverage to allow the minority neighborhood contributors to represent their religion whilst on duty.

On September 28, Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's office and its first Sikh deputy, used to be gunned down whilst conducting a mid-day site visitors prevent in northwest of Houston. The 42-year-old trailblazing police officer made nationwide headlines when he used to be allowed to develop a beard and wear a turban on the process.

"@houstonpolice is now the largest law enforcement agency in TX to adopt a policy allowing officers to wear articles of faith on duty," City of Houston tweeted on Monday.

"Proud to announce HPD (Houston Police Department) will accommodate Sikh officials through letting them wear their articles of faith whilst on duty--one of the biggest police departments in the nation to do so. Deputy Dhaliwal taught us all a precious lesson about inclusion. It used to be an honour to grasp him," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted.

"Proud to stand with @SylvesterTurner and so many members of our community to announce our policy and get the word out to our greater community," Chief of the Houston Police Department Art Acevedo tweeted.

In a information briefing, the Houston Police Department introduced that they're changing its uniform coverage to allow officials to wear their articles of faith whilst on duty with a view to be extra inclusive in honour of the fallen Sikh deputy, Fox News reported.

"I'm honoured," Dhaliwal's father, Pyara Singh Dhaliwal, used to be quoted as announcing through the KHOU Television station.

"The honour I got from this community and from the chief, the police department and the sheriff department is ... I have no words to say. So, I very much thank all of these bodies. Wonderful moment," he stated.

The New York Police Department, the Chicago Police Department, the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington and the Riverside Police Department in California are the opposite regulation enforcement agencies in the United States that have uniform lodging for the Sikh officials.

Sikh advocacy groups also praised the coverage exchange.


"This policy change shows that no one should ever choose between their faith or their career, and also that these articles of faith pose no barrier to service," Nikki Singh, coverage and advocacy supervisor for the Sikh Coalition, used to be quoted as announcing through the CNN.


Dhaliwal, worked with United Sikhs, a global humanitarian reduction and advocacy nonprofit, to help organise the donation of truckloads of provides for first responders after Hurricane Harvey.


He used to be allowed to wear the turban and beard whilst patrolling the streets to reinforce cultural diversity.




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