Born in Malaysia in 1966, Baltej Singh Dhillon was the first Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer to be allowed to wear a turban. He became the face of Sikh community in 1990 and stood up for the amendment of RCMP dress code.
After joining the mounties in 1990, Baltej sparked a heated national debate to maintain his turban as a part of RCMP uniform. Dhillon speaks five languages, and has worked on high-profile cases like the Air India bombing and serial killer Robert Pickton.
While he wanted to be a criminal laywer, he went to Canada to study Criminology. In the process of doing some volunteer work for the law school, he worked for RCMP. Thereafter, he made a choice to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
After a long protest, Dhillon subsequently entered the RCMP Academy as the first turbaned cadet. You can watch the story of Baltej Singh Dhillon at PTC Punjabi’s loved show ‘Punjabis This Week’. Besides, the show will also feature other Punjabis around the world which are making the community proud.
To know more about Baltej Dhillon, watch PTC Punjabi’s show ‘Punjabis This Week’ on April 7 at 10 AM.