First Sikh Officer to Walk the Beat

December 13, 2007

Author: Dalson Chen

Source: The Windsor Star

The city's first Sikh cop has sworn his oaths for the Windsor Police Service.

An Indian immigrant, 32-year-old Surjeet Singh Gill was one of 10 new constables who officially joined the force in a ceremony at the Ontario Court of Justice building Thursday.

"I feel on top of the world right now that I'm representing my community," Gill said. "I will do anything I can to help more people from my community, since Windsor is the fourth most diverse city in the country. And I think Windsor police needs more people from minority groups, so they can represent their own communities."

Gill said he arrived in Windsor just three years ago to join his wife, who is a Canadian citizen.

"I was a police officer in India, and I was born and raised in a family of police officers," Gill said. "Ever since I came here, I had it in my mind that I would go for it one day... By the grace of God, I got into the Windsor Police Service, and I'm proud to be a part of this organization."