A police officer from Slough has won the Thames Valley Police Federation’s 2021 Outstanding Contribution to Women in Policing Award.

Narinder Pal Kaur Sidhu – known as Nindy - retired from the Public Protection Team in December last year after 30 years with the force.

Nindy began her policing career in Slough, as response officer at the age of just 18, becoming the first female BAME officer in the district.

She worked in Neighbourhood Policing, the Hate Crime Task Force and the Domestic Abuse team and undertook roles in Custody and Public protection and as a Sergeant.

Nindy said: “I was determined to show that stereotypical assumptions about my culture or me were wrong.

“I wanted to show the community that people from different cultures could survive and thrive in policing careers.”

Det Ch Insp Penny Mackenzie said: “There is no doubt there are women in the UK today that have benefited from the work Nindy began.

"She has made a genuine difference across her policing career. She has demonstrated that you can be a Sikh woman and be a groundbreaking police officer.

“She has proven the true benefits of diversity in policing and has made a real difference and is a role model to new recruits. This Award truly reflects the impact of her inspiration.”