Sikh Police Officer Brothers Follow in Father's Footsteps

January 17, 2004

Source: The Toronto Star

On January 17, 2004 The Toronto Star ran a feature article on two Sikh brothers becoming police officers like their father before them: "Through Sergeant Rajinder Singh Sidhu's 30-year career with the Toronto Police Service, the veteran officer has personally met with world political leaders and celebrities, from former U.S. president Ronald Reagan to Queen Elizabeth to the late Princess Diana. But the 53-year-old intelligence officer has never been more proud of anything than watching his two sons, Vijay, 25, and Ajay, 20, join the police force. Yesterday was a special day for the Markham family, when the Sikh father and his two boys, all clad in black dress police uniforms, attended Ajay's graduation ceremony at the C.O. Bick Police College in Scarborough... Ajay was among 36 students — 11 women and 25 men — graduating from the Toronto police college yesterday. He was also among the 55 per cent of visual minorities represented in the graduating class. 'It is a true reflection of the community that we serve,' said a delighted Police Chief Julian Fantino, noting that the group was one of the most diverse classes to date."