Washington, D.C.: Sikh American Police Officers

“Washington, D.C., Becomes First Major City in US to Allow Full-Time Sikh American Police Officers”
Press Release
Sikh American Legal Defense Fun (SALDEF)

May 16, 2012


Today the seventh largest police force in the nation became the first major police department in the United States to explicitly and voluntarily allow Sikh Americans to serve as full-time, uniformed police officers while keeping their articles of faith.

“I am proud of this new policy which reflects the values of the MPD.  Making it clear that Sikh Americans may protect the Nation’s Capital and may serve their community as full-time officers reflects the promise we made to have a police force that serves as a model for those around the world.   It is important that all those who live in, work in, and visit the District see our values and commitment to the community in our officers,” said Chief Cathy Lanier of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in an event at police headquarters.

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