The Peel Regional Police is Canada's third largest municipal police force, responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services, the police budget, the law enforcement and crime prevention within the region, and oversees the actions of the chief of police, etc.
Amrik Singh Ahluwalia was voted as the new chair of Ontario's Peel Police Services Board after receiving backing from Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
"My first thoughts are, what a wonderful country we live in," Ahluwalia said after the unanimous vote.
Ahluwalia informed that "with USD 7 in my pocket", when he arrived in Canada decades ago, he couldn't have fathomed at that time that one day he would be bestowed with the "honour" and responsibility of what was bestowed upon him.
"I am honoured. This is a great responsibility, I take with humility and with a sense of purpose that I want to do my very best…I will do my best to serve the public and serve the police force... the men and women in the force who day in and day out do such an exemplary job," said Ahluwalia adding that the board and the force would work to improve things "collaboratively".
Ahluwalia has been popular for his volunteer work and organisational skills in the Punjabi-Canadian community. He has also organised several youth camps and has served as president of the Sikh Society Calgary. He is also a volunteer with Seva Food Bank Mississauga. Professionally, he has been a business leader having an extensive background in manufacturing and the petro-chemicals.
After Navdeep Singh Bains and Harjit Singh Sajjan who became the first Sikh Cabinet ministers in Canada, Ahluwalia is the third Indo-Canadian to raise in the country's government affairs.
He was first appointed by the provincial government to the board in February 2011 and reappointed for a second term in April 2014.