For nearly 20 years, when law enforcement and government agencies want training on Sikhs, they turn to SALDEF. Our Law Enforcement Partnership (LEPP) program has trained over 120,000 law enforcement officers and increased awareness about Sikhs to law enforcement officers and screeners across the country, and developed stronger relationships between them and the Sikh American community.
SALDEF’s LEPP program is designed to increase awareness among the law enforcement partners about who Sikhs are, the religious mandate we honor, and to open doors to service. As a testament to our partnership with Law Enforcement, our materials have been added to the curriculum of the states of California and Washington, the city of Las Vegas, NV and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Consider the following testimonial from a participant of our training:
“This session opened my eyes. I had no idea there were so many Sikhs in our area and about their turbans and beards. The material was relevant to our jobs as investigators and the presenters were lively and easy to understand. They answered so many questions I didn’t even know to ask.” – Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Philadelphia, PA
Some of the state and local law enforcement agencies we have worked with include:
- Federal Agencies: Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Transportation Security Administration; Department of Homeland Security
- Major Departments: Washington DC Metro Police, Los Angeles Police Department, Boston Police Department,
- State Level: Mercer County Police Academy (NJ); Orange County Sheriff (CA); Metropolitan Bay Transit Authority Police Academy (MA); Washington Criminal Justice Training Center (WA)
- Local Departments: Robbinsville PD (NJ); Worcester PD (MA); Las Vegas PD (NV); Yolo County District Attorney's Office (CA)
We ask your support for this work, so that we can continue this work and help build partnerships with Local, State and Federal agencies. Every training session involves the cost of materials, the SALDEF trainer's time and travel costs; although any amount of donation is helpful and appreciated, we ask you to consider the pledges that will cover these costs.
Thank you for continuing to work with us to ensure Sikh Americans rights are protected and that our Sangat is accurately represented as a vibrant part of our nation's fabric.