Police: Mandeep, Senior Sergeant, Liaison Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Services
Mandeep, Senior Sergeant, Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Liaison Services at PNHQ
I was born in the state of Punjab in India. My dream of joining the police was first born when my late mother said: “If you were a boy, you could have joined the police”. However, it remained a dream and I got married in 1986 before I turned 18. I have two beautiful children from this marriage.
When I was 24, I became a single mother to my daughter, Parneet Kaur, who was 4, and her son, Amardeep Singh, who was 2 at the time. I completed my Bachelor of Arts with Sociology and Political Science after giving birth to Parneet.
Besides joining the police, my other dream was to study at postgraduate level, which became a challenge for me as a single mom.
I left India in 1996 for a better life for myself and my children. However, due to a custody battle, I had to leave my two children with my parents and traveled to Australia as a student.
In 1999 I moved to New Zealand and did odd jobs like driving a taxi, working as a forecourt attendant and working as an administrator in a training institute. In 2002 my childhood dream was rekindled of pursuing my prospects of joining the police force, as the cultural constraints of being a man were not the same as those I encountered when I was a child in Punjab. .
I had to overcome several mental and physical challenges to join the police, but the biggest challenge was to mentally prepare myself to wear a bathing suit in public so that I could learn to swim.
In 2004, I joined the New Zealand Police and became the first policewoman born in India in New Zealand.
Since joining the New Zealand Police, I have practiced policing in Tāmaki Makaurau and rural policing in Pahiatua. Much of my career has been spent in family harm and community policing. In 2012, I fulfilled my other dream of studying at the postgraduate level and graduated with a graduate degree in business administration from the University of Waikato.
In March 2019, Penguin Random House published a book titled Gender of women, which featured 52 New Zealand women. I was introduced as one of those 52 women. These women set out to make a difference in the world internationally and in their local communities.
I have represented the police nationally, internationally, on radio, television and in print media, but most importantly, in the communities that I have strived to serve throughout my 17 years as a as a policeman.
I founded the famous Bhangra Police Group to encourage cultural connectivity and fitness, and I am also the proud grandmother of my wonderful grandchildren, Oliver and Veera.
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