Amrit Singh Becomes Harris County’s First Sikh Deputy Constable, Following New ‘Articles Of Faith’ Policy

A similar policy was implemented by the Houston Police Department in October.

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Amrit Singh becomes the first Sikh to serve as Deputy Constable in Harris County.

Amrit Singh was sworn in Tuesday as Harris County's first Sikh Deputy Constable, formalizing a new policy that allows women and men in uniform to wear articles of faith.

Following a similar policy implemented by the Houston police department in October, constables across the county will now be able to wear articles of faith, including turbans, while on duty.

"Growing up I always wanted to be a deputy," said Singh at the ceremony. He said at the age of 20, he attended police academy and then sought out a place to work that would be inclusive of his religious beliefs and customs.

"I didn't want to give up my religion to serve," said Singh. "The constable's office opened their doors to me, where I didn't have to sacrifice any part of me."

Singh will now go on to months of field training, after which he will be assigned to patrol within Precinct One.

Under the new policy, Deputy Constable Singh will be allowed to wear his turban while on-duty.

"From day one we have worked to make sure that [the constable's office] is an employer of inclusion," said Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen, who swore in Singh.

Both Singh and Rosen said they share a hope that Sikhs will be inspired to look for a career in law enforcement following the more inclusive policies.

Since becoming constable in 2013, Rosen had a "policy by default" that allowed officers to wear religious clothing, but now it is a formal policy across nearly all Harris County constables. Rosen said that this policy furthers the legacy of fallen Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Sept. 2019.

Dhaliwal, an observant of the Sikh faith, was the first sheriff's deputy in Harris County and one of the first nationwide to wear his religious articles while on-duty.

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