Kal Dosanjh re­ceives Bharat Sam­man Award in Lon­don

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

As one of the 15 of­fi­cers of the Beat En­force­ment Team re­spon­si­ble for polic­ing Down­time East­side, Dosanjh also ap­peared on the sec­ond sea­son of the hit re­al­ity se­ries, The Beat. The dan­ger­ous en­vi­ron­ment, the open air drug mar­ket, and the con­stant ex­po­sure to ex­treme risk, was the premise be­hind the se­ries, which fol­lowed Dosanjh in ac­tion on the streets as he re­sponded to calls of homi­cides, rob­beries, se­ri­ous as­saults, and deal­ings with vi­o­lent drug deal­ers, gang mem­bers and in­di­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing from men­tal health is­sues.

His work in the Down­town East­side, and the steady pro­lif­er­a­tion of youth en­ter­ing the open air drug mar­ket, be­came the ba­sis for rat­i­fy­ing and im­ple­ment­ing pro­grams for youth un­der the um­brella of the po­lice ath­letic league. The pro­grams fo­cused on pro­vid­ing youth con­struc­tive out­lets through the por­tal of sports. This served as the gen­e­sis in the found­ing of Kids Play Foun­da­tion, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to­wards keep­ing kids away from the life­style of drugs, gangs, and vi­o­lence, by re­in­forc­ing a sense of be­long­ing and self­worth. Thus far, with 500 mem­bers, spear­head­ing over 60 projects and 140 events, Kids Play has im­pacted over 40,000 youth through free pro­grams and schol­ar­ships since its in­cep­tion in 2015. The be­drock and fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of these pro­grams is to es­tab­lish a rap­port with the youth through the medium of sports. Or­ga­nized sports are be­ing used through­out the world as a dy­namic mech­a­nism to en­gage youth of all races, gen­ders, and classes. Through the ini­tia­tive of pro­vid­ing the youth with an op­por­tu­nity to play in or­ga­nized sports tour­na­ments, Kids Play strives to bridge a gap be­tween the youth and adults in a con­struc­tive man­ner. In do­ing so, pro­vid­ing young peo­ple with a pos­i­tive iden­tity and feel­ings of em­pow­er­ment, whilst si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­vel­op­ing sports­man­ship, leadership, team­work and self gov­er­nance skills. A former VP of the BC Hu­man Rights Coali­tion, Dosanjh has gar­nered nu­mer­ous com­men­da­tions, com­mu­nity leadership awards and ac­co­lades for his con­tri­bu­tions in polic­ing and to­wards bridg­ing a gap in bar­ri­ers faced by the com­mu­nity youth through the Kids Play ini­tia­tive. Ul­ti­mately, as a prom­i­nent and in­flu­en­tial leader, the im­pact of Dosanjh’s com­mu­nity ser­vice has ini­ti­ated a move­ment in BC, and other parts of Canada, and the rip­ple ef­fects of which are be­ing felt glob­ally. Sur­rey: Thanks to two keen-eyed cit­i­zens re­port­ing a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle, Sur­rey RCMP have re­cov­ered an al­leged stolen ve­hi­cle and a firearm.

Shortly be­fore 9:00 am on Oc­to­ber 28, Sur­rey RCMP of­fi­cers re­sponded to re­ports of a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle in the area of 146A Street and 111 Ave, in Sur­rey. Po­lice lo­cated the ve­hi­cle which was al­legedly stolen in North Van­cou­ver on Oc­to­ber 22nd. An adult male who is known to po­lice was lo­cated in­side the ve­hi­cle and ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent. Re­spond­ing of­fi­cers also lo­cated and seized a loaded .22 cal­iber ri­fle, am­mu­ni­tion, a stolen li­cense plate, as well as a small quan­tity of crys­tal metham­phetamine. No charges have been sworn at this time as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on-go­ing.

“This is a great ex­am­ple of the im­por­tance of re­port­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the po­lice,” said Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “With the help of peo­ple who called in to Sur­rey RCMP we were able to re­cover a stolen ve­hi­cle and take an­other gun off the streets.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to re­port crime and sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to Sur­rey RCMP we en­cour­age the pub­lic to visit our web­site.

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