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Hindus eager to join British police

Hindus eager to join British police

Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: September 8, 2002
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow.asp?art_Id=21590572

The Hindu community here responded overwhelmingly to various job oppportunities in the British police force.

This was reflected at a specially organised recruitment centre at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London, last night where a sea of hands went up from among the 3,000 people gathered to join the police force.

Assistant Commissioner Tariq Ghaffur who spoke to the gathering on a wide range of career opportunities available to the prospective applicants asked the audience to raise their hands if they were interested and in response a sea of hands, both young and old, shot up.

Ghaffur, who had come to London as a refugee from Uganda in 1974, rose to become the Assistant Commissioner by dint of hard work and commitment to duty.

He said the job opportunities available range from constables, special constables, dog handlers, forensic scientists, police cadets and finally civilian staff.

He said working in the police force could be termed a vocational occupation as it involved serving the community, regardless of race, colour or religion.

He quoted the example of King Rantidev from the exhibition he had visited earlier, who sacrificed his kingdom for the good of his people.

Ghaffur who was accompanied by senior Police Officers from the London Borough of Brent was garlanded by the Mahant of the temple, Atmaswarup Swami when he arrived at the Mandir complex.

He was first taken for darshan of the deities and then viewed the permanent exhibition, "understanding Hinduism".

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