Shabnam Chaudhri is the first Muslim Asian woman who has been appointed as a detective superintendent of police in Scotland Yard. She is a British-Pakistani, with her roots from Karachi.
Chaudhri said, “Becoming detective superintendent is a big achievement for me because I worked for six years for this position. I have fought crime gangs, I have been kicked, attacked, punched, assaulted, chased and gangs have targeted me.”
The challenges encountered by Shabnam were not just at the professional level, she had to overcome personal challenges as well. Her family wanted her to get married at an early age, but she wanted to join the police.
Talking about this challenge she said, “My parents wanted me to get married early and settle down. I opposed and joined the police to make a difference. When my parents saw that I was fighting crime and helping people in need, they became happy and proud of me. Those were times when there were not many Asian and Muslim women in the police. Women from our background are still reluctant to come to the police but I think they should apply for police jobs.”
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Chaudhri served police for 28 years, and she was given many awards for her services. Also, she has given awareness to the people about crimes and abuse.
Speaking about her job Chaudhri said, “Every day brings a new challenge in this job. I have dealt with every kind of job. We have vests to protect ourselves against attacks. We have the equipment to keep ourselves safe. I have managed teams and I have been on front line duty. I am not scared of anything and that’s what I have learned while being in the police.”
Chaudhri wants more women to join the field of police “I would like more Muslim and Asian women to be in the police.”
She also talked about her inspiration, who is Benazir Bhutto. As for initial opposition from family, she said, “ We were four sisters and their biggest wish was that we all get married, but we had careers on our minds while growing up and that’s how it all happened. My mother is my role model.”