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Mittan Singh becomes first American Sikh to join IMPD

May 10, 2017 12:06 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS: Mr Mittan Singh Katoch feels it is a 'great honour' to join Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) as the first American Sikh. His father Sher Singh Katoch and mother Preeti Katoch, who originally hail from Phase XI, Mohali (Punjab) are happy and proud that their 27-year-old son has become Police Official in the (IMPD).

On the invitation of Sikh Satsang, Indianapolis, IMPD Chief Bryan Roach, IMPD Deputy Chief of Operations Chad Knecht and the first Sikh American Police Officer in Indianapolis, Mittan Singh Katoch. visited Sikh Gurdwara, Acton Road, 10950 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis. These IMPD officials were honored as they were presented traditional Sikh Siropa (sacred scarf) by Head Granthi Giani Pritam Singh. Their visit was to teach about civic responsibilities and opportunities as Hoosier Americans.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Mittan Singh said "it is a great honour to be the first American Sikh to join the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He encouraged the youth boys and girls to be join the IMPD to build the city. "Any able body looking for joining our rank will be great."

Happy and proud parents Sher Singh and Preeti said their son had his schooling from Richmond Hill High School, Queens, New York. He did his Plus 12 at the age of 17-18. Before finally joining the Police Department, Mr Mittan Singh wanted to become a pilot. Mr Sher Singh disclosed that his son attended 40 classes for pilot training. "We use to accompany him while he was being trained for the pilot licence."

The energetic Mittan abandoned the idea of becoming a pilot and joined Marine for one year. His two-year degree in Criminal Justice ultimately paved the way for Mittan Singh to be part of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Mr KP Singh, a member of the City of Indianapolis Marion County Police Merit Board, said selection procedure was tough. One has to cross several bridges as it is a challenging job. Out of 1000, 32 were shortlisted.

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