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Indian American sworn in as Connecticut’s first Assistant Police Chief

First Sikh Women to achieve this position


Lieutenant Manmeet Colon, Indian and Sikh American woman took charge as the Assistant Chief of Police in Connecticut, becoming the department’s first-ever second-in-command of Asian descent, reports New Haven Independent.

Connecticut Mayor Justin Elicker, posted a comment March 24, 2023, with a photo on Twitter saying, “Congrats to our new Assistant Chief, Manmeet Colon! A trailblazer, AC Colon is the 2nd woman of color & the 1st of Indian decent to serve in the position in the history of the NHPD – and I’m confident she will continue to serve our city w/honor & distinction in this new role.”

Surrounded by dozens of friends, family members, city workers, and police colleagues, Lt Manmeet Colon took the oath of office to become the city’s third assistant police chief — and the department’s first-ever second-in-command of Asian descent. Colon hoped that her status as the department’s first Indian-American assistant chief inspires others from similar backgrounds to pursue careers in law enforcement.

The Board of Police Commissioners in New Haven unanimously approved the appointment of Colon, 37, who was previously a lieutenant in the internal affairs office, The New Haven Independent reported.

She joins fellow assistant chiefs David Zannelli and Bertram Ettienne in what Board of Police Commissioners Chair Evelise Ribeiro described on Friday as the “dream team” led by Police Chief Karl Jacobson.

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