Peel Police officer was denied promotion because of his race.




The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found not only that Staff Sgt. Baljiwan Sandhu had been denied a promotion to inspector based on his race and cultural background — but that Peel Regional Police didn’t consider the portion of the 28-year veteran’s work in diversity relations as “real police work.”

The chief of the Peel Regional Police Service Jennifer Evans described an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling that an officer was denied a promotion because of his race as “very concerning” — and said the force has since adopted different advancement criteria.

Among the 33 officers who applied for promotion to inspector in 2013, only Sandhu and another applicant failed to get the backing of their immediate supervisors.

One South Asian newspaper in 2011 selected Sandhu as one of the three most influential South Asians in law enforcement in the country, along with Harjit Sajjan.