October 21, 2019 (Santa Ana, CA) -- For the past few months, our Advocacy and Community Development teams have been hard at work to engage and educate Southern California Law Enforcement about the Sikh community. We are excited to share that last week, we successfully conducted three Sikh awareness and anti-bias trainings with the Santa Ana Police Department.
On October 14, 16, and 18, community leaders Jasjit Singh and Gagandeep Kaur trained more than 120 police officers in the Santa Ana Police Department. Thanks to their efforts, all of these officers are now better equipped to serve and protect the Sikh community.
“We were glad to spend time with the Santa Ana Police Department this week in order to help them better understand the Sikh community as well as our traditions and culture,” said Gagandeep Kaur, one of our volunteer presenters. “The Sikh Coalition empowered us to engage with the officers by not only facilitating the training itself, but also providing training material and helping us get comfortable with speaking about Sikhi to others.”
“The Santa Ana Police Department is committed to serving and protecting everyone in our diverse community,” added Officer Estrada. “We welcome these kinds of educational and training opportunities, because they help our officers to learn about different cultures and get to know community leaders like Ms. Singh and Ms. Kaur firsthand.”
At the Sikh Coalition, we strongly believe that educational efforts around Sikhs and our identity can lead to less hate and more opportunities. Trainings like these are a critical part of our Southern California engagement plan to develop solid relationships with important institutions by working closely with community members. As we continue pursuing anti-bias trainings with every city and county law enforcement agency--including one planned with the Irvine Police Department early next month--we are also pursuing policy changes that will better accommodate observant Sikhs who want to serve in law enforcement.
We would like to sincerely thank our community leaders who stepped up to make our work possible--it cannot be done without your support. If you would like to lead a Sikh awareness and anti-bias training at your city’s law enforcement department, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.