New York, March 27
Indian-origin Sikh Manmeet Colon has been sworn in as first assistant police chief of Connecticut's New Haven city, becoming the department's first Indian-American and second woman assistant chief of colour to rise to the top position.
Congrats to our new Assistant Chief, Manmeet Colon!— Mayor Justin Elicker (@MayorElicker) March 24, 2023
A trailblazer, AC Colon is the 2nd woman of color & the 1st of Indian decent to serve in the position in the history of the NHPD - and I’m confident she will continue to serve our city w/honor & distinction in this new role. pic.twitter.com/CEQqx8t5al
The Board of Police Commissioners in New Haven unanimously approved the appointment of Colon, 37, who was previously a lieutenant in the internal affairs office, The New Haven Independent reported.
Mumbai-born Colon moved with her family to Queens when she was 11, and studied criminal justice at the University of New Haven.
Colon hoped that her status as the department's first Indian-American assistant chief inspires others from similar backgrounds to pursue careers in law enforcement.
"I come from a Sikh family. I speak Punjabi. I'm very proud of my heritage," Colon was quoted as saying in The New Haven Independent.
"More important is the mission and the values of the department. To me, it's all about being fair and impartial. My background, my morals, my family values and traditions. I feel like I bring a lot to the table. I'm glad there's a space for me at the table," she added.
Colon's daughter pinned the new assistant chief badge on her mother's uniform, as Mayor Justin Elicker then administered the oath of office earlier this month.
"A trailblazer, AC Colon is the 2nd woman of colour & the 1st of Indian descent to serve in the position in the history of the NHPD - and I'm confident she will continue to serve our city w/honor & distinction in this new role," Elicker tweeted. IANS
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