Sikh Trailblazer

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:41 p.m. October 17, 2016

When the Canadian Sikh Association (CSA) committee was reviewing candidates from which they would choose one to be honoured at their seventh annual gala on October 8, Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu was at the top of the list.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu accepts a leadership award from the Canadian Sikh Assoication

“It’s not just the work that she’s doing in law enforcement, but really the trail she has blazed as a woman and ethnic minority making waves with Canada’s largest police service,” said CSA vice-chair Sukhpaul Tut. “We see her as the face of that organization and that’s really a huge accomplishment and an inspiration for young people looking like her.”

The theme of this year’s celebration was Sikh Leadership and Excellence.

“Jen embodies everything that’s in that theme and we were so honoured to recognize her,” Tut said. “She is an extraordinary woman doing extraordinary things and very deserving of the honour.”

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Canadian Sikh Association members and award recipients join in a group photo

Sidhu, who became a police officer 18 years ago, humbly accepted the award.

“It’s nice to be recognized by your own community,” she said. “Organizations like this take away the stigma about policing and shine a light on the positive work that our men and women do on a daily basis to serve and protect the cities we live in. They also open pathways for young men and women who are interested in a career in policing. It may help destigmatize, or remove obstacles they feel may be in their way in getting into a career where they can actually make a difference in the communities they live in.”

Starting at 22 Division, where she spent six years, Sidhu worked as an instructor at the Toronto Police College and at the Divisional Policing Support Unit before joining Corporate Communications.

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