Acting on the demand of Sikh community to allow Sikh officers serving in New York Police Department to operate with turbans and beards, the chief financial officer of New York City (NYC), comptroller John C Liu, has called on mayor Bloomberg to reform New York Police Department (NYPD) policy for allowing the same.
In a letter to the Mayor, Liu appreciated the mayor for his words of support and comfort to the city's Sikh community in the wake of the Wisconsin shooting, saying that now is the time for New York City to make a meaningful change with inclusion of Sikh members in the NYPD.
"Shouldn't the NYPD, providing security in one of the most diverse cities in the world, proudly display its own diversity?" Comptroller Liu said, in his letter on Friday as funeral services were taking place for the six victims who were killed during the terror attack on the Wisconsin gurdwara.
United Sikhs and representatives of the New York Sikh community had a meeting with Liu to discuss issues faced by the Sikh community following the terror attack on the Wisconsin gurdwara on August 5th.
"It's imperative for people to know that Sikhs are a part of American society.' One way to promote this is through increasing participation of Sikhs with turbans and beards in government jobs," suggested Liu.
"We appreciate comptroller Liu for taking the initiative to bring this up with the NYPD and assuring us of his continuous support" said Jasminder Kaur, project manager of United Sikhs, who attended the meeting with Liu on August 9.