Gursoach Kaur is the first Sikh female auxiliary police officer in the New York Police Department to wear a turban.
“We are proud to welcome first #Sikh Turbaned female Auxiliary Police Officer in the @NYPDnews. APO Gursoach Kaur and other Auxiliary Police Officers graduated from the Academy. We are proud of you. Stay safe.” – Tweet by Sikh Officers Association
Not only will Kaur be serving her community through her work in policing but she will also have the opportunity to motivate others to join the police service and help others better understand Sikhism.
Since December 2016, the New York Police Department has been allowing Sikh officers to wear a turban affixed with a hat shield and maintain a beard as part of the service’s uniform policy to bring about inclusivity and help encourage members of the Sikh community to join the force.
“We’re making this change to make sure that we allow everybody in New York City that wants to apply and have the opportunity to work in the greatest police department in the nation, to make sure we give them that opportunity,” – James O’Neill, NYPD Police Commissioner