Sikh Woman Manmeet Colon Appointed Assistant Chief of Police in Connecticut, US
This appointment makes her the first Indian-American and second woman of colour to achieve this position.
Manmeet Colon, an accomplished 15-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department (NHPD), has been appointed as the assistant Chief of Police in the state of Connecticut, making her the first Indian-American and second woman of colour to achieve this position. The appointment ceremony was held on March 24th in New Haven, where she was sworn in as the city’s third assistant police chief, joining David Zannelli and Bertram Ettienne in what Police Chief Karl Jacobson calls his “dream team.”
Colon, who was born in Mumbai and moved to Queens with her family when she was 11 years old, has a criminal justice degree from the University of New Haven. As a Sikh woman, she expressed her pride in her heritage, family values and morals, and hopes that her appointment will inspire more individuals from diverse backgrounds to consider careers in law enforcement. “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 said.
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