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Media and Communications Director, the Sikh Coalition, (817) 800-8873

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Senior Manager, Media and Communications, the Sikh Coalition, (732) 823-9266

Fallen Houston, TX, Sheriff’s Deputy Dhaliwal Honored with Post Office Naming

October 5, 2021 (Houston, TX) -- Today, a small group of elected officials, law enforcement officers, and Houston community members gathered to honor fallen Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal with a post office naming ceremony.

Per a bill introduced by Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX); supported by the Sikh Coalition; passed with bipartisan support, including that of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX); and signed into law on December 21, 2020, the post office located at 315 Addicks Howell Road will henceforth be named the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office Building. The Sikh Coalition was deeply honored to assist in drafting and marshaling support for the legislation that resulted in this post office naming. We were also proud to mobilize thousands of Sikh community members to contact their elected representatives in the days after Deputy Dhaliwal’s death urging this and other means to honor his memory.

“Since my son was taken from our family in a senseless act of violence, we have received an outpouring of support and love from the greater Houston community,” said Pyara Singh Dhaliwal, the late Deputy Dhaliwal’s father. “We are so grateful and so honored that Sandeep is being memorialized in this way--forever becoming a part of the city that he served faithfully both in and out of uniform.”

“Naming a federal building for Deputy Dhaliwal in his beloved Houston is a deeply meaningful gesture, and we are grateful to Congresswoman Fletcher and the rest of Houston’s congressional delegation for their leadership on this effort,” said Sim J. Singh Attariwala, Sikh Coalition Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager. “Today, we remember that Deputy Dhaliwal’s legacy is not just his service to the city of Houston, but also the example of his life: that diversity and inclusion make all of our communities, and our country, stronger.”

At today’s naming ceremony, local law enforcement officers, elected officials, and community members--including Sikh Coalition board member Manpreet K. Singh--gathered to pay tribute to Deputy Dhaliwal’s memory. We thank our colleagues at the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund for assisting Congresswoman Fletcher’s office in organizing today’s event.

“It has been an honor to lead the effort to honor the life and contributions of Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal by naming this post office in his memory,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.  “Deputy Dhaliwal represented the very best of our community: he worked for equality, connection, and community through his life of service to others.  The Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office now stands as a testament to his remarkable and selfless service, and I thank our partners at the Sikh Coalition for helping us build a bipartisan coalition to honor Deputy Dhaliwal and his trailblazing contributions to American life.”

As a reminder, Deputy Dhaliwal was killed during a traffic stop in northwest Houston, Texas on September 27, 2019. He originally joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 2009; in 2015, he secured a historic, first-of-its-kind accommodation to wear his Sikh articles of faith while serving in uniform. Deputy Dhaliwal was widely regarded for breaking barriers for Sikhs and other religious minorities.

The Sikh Coalition is the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the United States. Among our advocacy and legal work are efforts to ensure equality of opportunity in all workplaces for Sikhs and other religious minorities, including by way of inclusive uniform and grooming standards that allow individuals to maintain their articles of faith. For more information about Deputy Dhaliwal’s trailblazing career, these advocacy and legal efforts in the spirit of his memory, or our other work, please contact Graham West and Rajanpreet Kaur.