New Zealand's first Indian-born female police officer

New Zealand's first Indian-born female police officer

Before moving to New Zealand, Kaur spent some time in Australia after having moved there at age 26.

Mandeep Kaur, New Zealand's first Indian-born female police officer, was promoted to senior sergeant rank in the month of March.

Kaur was presented with her new badge by NZ police commissioner Andrea Coster at a ceremony in Wellington in March.

But her career in law enforcement began 17 years ago when she joined the department in 2004. Since then, she has never looked back and has built on her strengths to become an inspiration for many Indians.

Before being promoted to sergeant rank, Kaur was an ethnic people's community relations officer at Henderson Police Station in Waitemata. After the promotion, she was moved to the police headquarters in Wellingtion.

Kaur moved to New Zealand as an immigrant from Punjab's Malwa district. Since her childhood, she had dreams of becoming a police officer. However, she faced a lot of social stigmas, and the fact that she belonged to a conservative family made her journey all the more difficult.

Before moving to New Zealand, Kaur spent some time in Australia after having moved there at age 26. After living there for a short period, she moved to New Zealand and initially worked as a taxi driver before joining the police force.

But she managed to defy all odds to join the police force and work as a frontline officer in road policing, family violence, investigation support, neighbourhood policing, and community policing.

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As a community relations officer, Kaur has attended a host of programmes and community meetings in the past decade. She has dealt with family violence victims and offered ethnic and cultural advice to families and individuals.

In her NZ police profile, Kaur has written about her journey to become a police officer after facing many personal and cultural barriers.

She mentioned the experiences and challenges she has to face raising two of her own children.

Kaur is now a powerful voice in the NZ police department. She has even formed a New Zealand Police bhangra dancing group that performs during festivals.

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