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SALDEF Yuba City Police Chief Reaffirms Acceptance Of Sikh Identity


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Jun 17, 2004
Yuba City Police Chief Reaffirms Acceptance of Sikh Identity

June 15th, 2009

June 15, 2009 (Washington, DC) –
Late last week, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) received confirmation that observant Sikhs are still welcome to join the Yuba City Police Department in Yuba City, California.

On January 23, 2007, former Yuba City Police Chief Richard Doscher corresponded with SALDEF in the context of an employment matter and wrote: "We have no policy which precludes an employee of the Sikh faith from wearing a turban or beard (or possession of a kirpan) during their employment with us."

According to current Yuba City Police Chief Robert D. Landon, "[o]ur policy has not changed and we continue to respect the customs of the Sikh faith[.]"

SALDEF is grateful to Chief Landon and the Yuba City Police Department for their leadership in the cause of promoting equal employment opportunities for observant Sikh Americans who aspire to serve as law enforcement officers. SALDEF will continue to work with police departments nationwide to strengthen relations between law enforcement agencies and the Sikh American community under the auspices of SALDEF's Law Enforcement Partnership Program.


Sep 18, 2010
This is good, is it an response to an incident when a Sikh was not allowed to join the force? I was just wondering why it said "Reaffirms"

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