The West Midlands Police has ventured into previously uncharted waters by appointing Harvi Khatkar as superintendent, who will be the first female Sikh to be in a position of authority.
Commenting on this remarkable achievement after 25 loyal years as a police officer, Khatkar has been cited in Express and Star as saying, “It is a real privilege and I have been a police officer in the West Midlands for 25 years now and, although it hasn’t been without challenges getting to this point, I am delighted to have this opportunity.
I do feel a sense of pride at being the first Asian woman to reach the rank of Superintendent.
The best thing about being a police officer is no one day is the same, you face varied situations.
We are a diverse police force with a range of different cultures so I have no doubt there will be many more women, and men, from a BME background who will continue to rise through the force in future.
If others see me as an inspiration then I am honoured, but the main thing is to follow your own ambitions, work hard to achieve them and be yourself.”
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By Arjen Gill