High Commissioner of India in New Zealand Muktesh Pardeshi met the recently promoted Kiwi Indian policewoman, Senior Sergeant Mandeep Kaur Sidhu, at the former’s office in Wellington.

Present at the occasion was also National Engagement Manager and Ethnic Inspector Rakesh Naidoo.

Mr Pardeshi discussed matters related to policing and community engagement with the duo at the meeting and presented Senior Sergeant Mandeep Kaur with a coffee table book on Shri Guru Nanak Dev on occasion.

Mandeep Kaur Sidhu earlier last week was promoted to the rank of Senior Sergeant by Police Commissioner Andrew Coster at a ceremony in Wellington.

Mandeep Kaur has come a long way from dreaming about the job in her childhood and then achieving it at 35 in 2004.

From left: Second Secretary at High Commission of India in Wellington Parmjeet Singh, Mandeep Kaur Sidhu, High Commissioner of India Mukesh Pardeshi and Ethnic Inspector Rakesh Naidoo at the Indian High Commission office in Wellington (Photo: High Commission of India, Facebook)

New Zealand Police noted Mandeep Kaur’s achievement on the occasion of International Women’s Day and spoke to her on its ‘Choose to Challenge’ theme about the challenges, overcoming cultural barriers and reaching where she is today.

Mandeep’s previous role was as an Ethnic Peoples Community Relations Officer working from Henderson Police Station in Waitemata, attending community meetings, hosting media programmes, visiting family violence victims and attending matters where there is a need for ethnic or cultural advice.

With her new role as Senior Sergeant, she has moved to the police headquarters in Wellington.

She founded the famed Police bhangra group in Auckland to encourage cultural connectivity (and police fitness!),

In March 2019, she featured in Women Kind, a Penguin Random House book profiling 52 New Zealand women who have made a difference in the world and their local communities.

Mandeep has represented Police nationally and internationally in radio, television and written media - but most notably within the communities, she has served over the past 17 years.