Indian-origin Captain Pratima Bhullar Maldonado has become the highest-ranking South Asian woman in the New York Police Department (NYPD). She was promoted to the rank of Captain last month. Maldonado, 45, was born in Punjab, India, and moved to the United States with her family when she was 9 years old. She joined the NYPD in 1999 and has served in a variety of roles, including patrol officer, detective, and sergeant.
Maldonado’s promotion is a positive step for the NYPD and for the South Asian community in New York City. She is a role model for young South Asian women and she is an inspiration to all who strive to achieve their dreams. She is currently the commanding officer of the 102nd Police Precinct in South Richmond Hill, Queens. The precinct is home to a large South Asian community, and Maldonado said she is committed to building relationships with the community and working to keep it safe. Maldonado’s promotion is a significant milestone for the NYPD and for the South Asian community in New York City. She is a role model for young South Asian women and she is an inspiration to all who strive to achieve their dreams.
Noted: Earlier this year, Lt Manmeet Colon, a 37-year-old Indian-origin Sikh woman officer, assumed charge as the assistant police chief in the state of Connecticut, becoming the department’s first-ever second-in-command of Asian descent.