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Sikhs have been fighting long legal battles globally for their right to wear turbans while doing their police or military duties.
But it is different in Australia. A turbaned Sikh has emerged as the face of cultural diversity in Victorian Police.
Senior Constable Taqdir Singh Doel has been featured in the new videos showcasing Cultural Diversity Week 2017 (18-26 March).
Victoria Police is a proud sponsor of this important celebration as hosted by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.
‘We are diverse and proud of it,' says one of the videos posted by Victoria Police under the hashtag #MyVicStory.
Taqdir says he is immensely proud to wear the Police uniform as it gives him a sense of belonging and service to the mankind.
“When I joined police force five years ago I was thinking that I’m going to get a lot of different opinions from public about my looks and how I am going to do my job properly.”
“But it was a great experience. When I started work up in Melbourne West in the city it was awesome.”
The Australian Sikh history will be a significant additional resource and context with which to teach the WA school curriculum from 2017 onward. The Australian Sikh Heritage association has completed this task consultation with History Teachers Association of WA. SBS Punjabi’s Preetinder Singh Grewal reports...
When Perth-based Gurpreet Singh joined Western Australia Police force, he created history by becoming the first turbaned Sikh sworn officer to be recruited by WAPOL. Here we talk to Gurpreet Singh who is now the toast of his community, which is well-known for its valour, industriousness and perseverance.