One step ahead – Sikh made honorary cop in US


After back to back cases of hate crime and racial discrimination surfacing in the US, an Indian-American Sikh has been made honorary police assistant in a US city to bridge the gap and increase cooperation between policemen and community members.

Nanaksar Sikh Temple chief Baba Daljit Singh, 55, was sworn in as a new chaplain to serve the Rockford Police Department and the community.

Singh, the first Sikh to be made honorary police assistance in Chicago, will bridge the gap between policemen and community members in cases of hate crimes and discrimination.

“That is the important thing, we religious persons, spiritual persons, will tell the community, the people of Rockford, the police serves you,” he quoted. “My goal is to serve the humanity and deliver the message of Sikhism in Western community which is the need of the hour,” added Singh.

Singh, who was administered the oath by the Chief of police Oshea, said it is important for religious leaders and police to work together for betterment of the community.

His duties include providing support and assistance to police officers, firefighters, other employees and their families during times of crisis and communicate with the victims when required. The Chaplain Section of the police department also assists people in emergency-like situations.