Date
21 October 2017
Chief Inspector Rajindarpal Singh Pannu leads an anti-illegal gambling operation in Kwun Tong on Wednesday. Photos: Ming Pao, TOPick
Chief Inspector Rajindarpal Singh Pannu leads an anti-illegal gambling operation in Kwun Tong on Wednesday. Photos: Ming Pao, TOPick

Police officer of Indian descent vows to pursue family tradition

Chief Inspector Rajindarpal Singh Pannu, born and raised in Hong Kong, said his family has been serving in the police force for three generations, and he hopes his son, who is still a primary student, will carry on the family tradition, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Pannu, who is of Indian descent, led an anti-triad operation in Kwun Tong on Wednesday night as operations director of the Kwun Tong Police District. He speaks fluent Cantonese.

He recalled that his grandfather was a police constable and his father also served in the police force during the Japanese military occupation of Hong Kong in the 1940s.

His father became a full-time teacher but remained a senior inspector in the auxiliary police.

Pannu himself joined the force in 1995 and served in the anti-triad and regional crime units.

He is proud to be a police officer, saying it is important to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. “I hope my children could become police officers, too,” he added.

As Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan metropolis, Pannu said he hopes ethnic minorities in the city would join the police force or any of the other disciplined services to serve the community.

During an operation on Wednesday, Pannu’s team busted several establishments serving as illegal gambling joints in Kwun Tong, Tai Po and Tin Shui Wai. 

At least 95 people, aged between 25 and 84, were arrested during the raid. Weapons were also seized.

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