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NRI Parma Sandhu, London Police’s Chief Inspector


NRI, police chief inspector Honoured “Asian Women of Achievement Awards” winners


London, May 26, 2006
Ram Choudhry

NRI sikh woman Parma Sandhu, London Police’s Chief Inspector, the only Asian woman who played a high-profile role in reassuring communities after the 7/7 bombings, have won awards in UK in recognition of their contribution to their respective fields.

There are total 492 chief inspectors including 38 women. Few women make it to the top of the police service, with only one in 13 Met chief inspectors being female. Mrs Sandhu, 42, was named an Asian Woman of Achievement for attaining the highest rank for an Asian female police officer in the UK.

Parma, mother of two, kept her job a secret from her parents for six months. Her father Malkit Singh and his wife Gurmaj Kaur tried to stop their daughter from carrying on in the force, fearing her life would be at risk. Malkit of Handsworth, Birmingham, came to Britain about 50 years ago and his wife arrived from India to join him seven years later.

At the age of 18, Mrs Sandhu left school, but a variety of jobs left her dissatisfied until, at 24, she took a post as a fraud investigator for social services and found her calling as a crime-fighter. She received the AWA public sector award at a ceremony last night in the Hilton hotel, central London. It was now a “changing environment”, Chief Inspector Sandhu said adding: "Often I will go to senior meetings and I will still be the only woman and the only black woman."





NRI Parma Sandhu, London Police’s Chief Inspector