Indo-Canadian Richmond RCMP Officers Receive Ministry Of Justice Award

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RICHMOND – Two Indo-Canadian police officers from the Richmond RCMP Detachment were honored recently at the BC Crime Prevention Association’s Symposium held in Burnaby.

On November 2nd Constables Jagmeet Dandiwal and Harbir Sangha received this year’s Ministry of Justice Community Safety and Crime Prevention Media Award for their efforts in promoting crime prevention & community safety programs to the Punjabi & South Asian communities.

Since June 2011, the two officers have been appearing regularly on Punjabi radio stations. The talk show is conducted in the Punjabi language and is broadcasted live to community listeners in British Columbia and parts of the United States

“This initiative is unique to the Richmond RCMP.  Nothing like this exists anywhere in the Lower Mainland,” said Cpl. Sherrdean Turley, Media Relations Officer for Richmond Detachment.  “It is however indicative of the high level of commitment & dedication that RCMP officers possess clear across Canada.”

The focus of each show has been crime prevention with an emphasis on the various crime prevention programs & initiatives found at Richmond Detachment.  Topics of discussion have included youth gangs, bullying, identity theft, & pedestrian safety to name a few.  Both officers have been providing this valuable information on a voluntary basis on their own time in addition to fulfilling their regular duties

“We began this initiative in order to engage the Punjabi & South Asian communities.  Policing is about building partnerships with the community & doing everything we can to keep people safe,” explained Cst. Dandiwal.  “We also wanted to dispel police related stereotypes within the community in order to strengthen our relationship with the Punjabi community.”

Both officers are both born and raised in India and as such offer a very unique perspective to listeners.  Cst. Dandiwal immigrated to Canada in 2001 at the age of 19, completed his Bachelors of Applied Arts (Honours) Degree in Psychology from Kwantlen University College & joined the RCMP in 2007.

Cst. Sangha immigrated to Canada in 2000 at the age of 20, completed his Engineering Certification from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, became an Auxiliary Constable with the Surrey RCMP in 2005 and was sworn in as a regular member in 2008.