NYPD Sikhs mark one month since lifting of turban, beard ban

It's been a month since Sikh officers in the NYPD were allowed to wear turbans and grow out their beards - a reflection of their faith.



Officer Gurvinder Singh, an immigrant from India, is one of about 160 Sikhs on the job citywide. Singh works out of the 76th Precinct.



"Now we'll be able to answer who we are...create a better image not only for the police department but Sikhs in New York City," says Singh.



Yemeni restaurant owner Nasser Alsubai says it's great to see Singh practicing his religion.



"He's throwing his life right in front of everybody first. He's out there serving us the people, the public," he says.



Singh says he feels welcome patrolling the city with his headpiece and beard. He says anyone curious about Sikhism can go right up to him and ask.



 


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