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Inspiring Diversity: Detective Gagan Luddu's Journey

Monica Sethi Darpan, 15 Apr, 2024 04:29 PM
  • Inspiring Diversity: Detective Gagan Luddu's Journey

Detective Constable Gagan Luddu epitomizes resilience and determination within the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). Her journey from India to Canada in her teens and her unwavering commitment to breaking barriers highlight the values of inclusion and excellence in law enforcement, where she has served for the last 18 years. She defied norms and pursued her dream of becoming a police officer despite societal expectations. Drawn by the VPD's reputation for inclusivity, she embarked on a journey to challenge stereotypes and make a difference in her community.

Throughout her career, Gagan drew inspiration from role models like retired Constable Linda Stewart, embodying dedication and compassion in her work. Leveraging her background in business commerce, she bolstered her skills and determination, earning respect and paving the way for other women, particularly those from immigrant backgrounds, to join law enforcement.

As a South Asian woman in law enforcement, Gagan brings a unique perspective and understanding of diverse communities. Fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, she serves as a bridge between the VPD and underrepresented groups, fostering trust and connection through open dialogue and cultural competence.

Looking ahead, Gagan envisions a future where law enforcement reflects the rich diversity of Canadian society. To aspiring South Asian women considering careers in law enforcement, Gagan offers words of encouragement and guidance. "Believe in yourself and embrace your heritage as a source of strength," she urges. 

As a trailblazer and advocate, she inspires others to challenge stereotypes, pursue their passions, and embrace their unique identities. Her tireless dedication to service and community exemplifies the essence of policing with compassion, integrity, and respect.

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