Decorated Peel Police Staff Sgt. Sandhu Calls it A Career

Posted On Wednesday April 21, 2021

Staff Sergeant Baljiwan (BJ) Sandhu, a community trailblazer in advancing police-community relations, has retired after 32 years of service.

He joined the Peel Regional Police Service in 1989, and over the course of his distinguished career, Sandhu’s excellent communication skills served him well in many roles. He speaks four languages (English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi). In his time in the police service, he used his language skills as one investigative tool in the Homicide and Missing Person Bureau and Intelligence Services. 

Sandhu credits his many policing accomplishments to a willingness to listen to and understand the needs of the community. He always enjoyed interacting with his peers and supervising those around him. He was considered by many as a valuable role model and mentor.

“Staff Sgt. Sandhu has provided excellent service to our community over more than three decades,” said Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah. “Among his many accomplishments, he championed the cause of fighting systemic racism, even before we understood as a police service how important that is.”

Sandhu has received several accolades during his long career, most notably being awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Brampton Board of Trade, Knights of Columbus and the President's Award presented by the Association of Black Law Enforcers.

“It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve the people of Peel Region over the years,” he said. “I expect to continue to find ways to serve our community, and I am looking forward to what comes next.

He said his family would remain his primary focus into retirement, but he will also continue to immerse himself in social justice issues, race and ethnic relations and perhaps seek opportunities to be a community consultant sharing his knowledge and expertise.

“I have seen a lot of change in our community and in the Peel Regional Police Service over the years,” he said. “Chief Duraiappah and his leadership team are having a real effect on the ways we police and our community, especially our racialized communities, work with each other. I look forward to seeing that progress continue.” 

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