Paramvir Dhesi, the star of Khalsa Wrestling club is now a Vancouver Police constable.
He and Jagdeep Samra were among the 10 members of Recruit Class 157 that were sworn in as constables on Friday.
Parmvir was born and raised in Surrey, and graduated from Burnaby Central Secondary with honours.
Dhesi’s father, who wrestled in India and came to Canada to open Khalsa Wrestling Club (KWC), has been his biggest inspiration.
Growing up, Parmvir developed a strong passion for wrestling and won four Canadian national wrestling championships while in high school.
With an athletic scholarship to Douglas College, he enrolled in the Criminology Program and continued to wrestle, earning two additional Canadian national titles.
In 2014, Parmvir became a BC correctional officer and worked at the North Fraser Pre-Trial Centre. While working in Corrections, he was selected to be a member of the Centre’s Emergency Response Team, and participated in two World Police and Fire Games, receiving a gold and silver medal in wrestling.
Parmvir volunteers as a wrestling coach at the Khalsa Wrestling Club and is fluent in Punjabi.
Jagdeep was born and raised in Surrey. He graduated from Johnston Heights Secondary and attended Simon Fraser University where he obtained a BA in political science.
At SFU, Jagdeep became a member of the Elite Bhangra Dance Team and worked his way up to the position of captain and choreographer. He has also volunteered with homeless outreach in the Downtown Eastside and the Whalley area.
While going to university, Jagdeep worked in the service industry, and as a security officer at Surrey Memorial Hospital. In 2016, he was hired as a Vancouver Police Special Municipal Constable, gaining valuable experience working in the Jail. Jagdeep is fluent in Punjabi and speaks Hindi.