RCMP Auxiliary Officer Mansoor Sahak Chose his Career Path Carefully
2017-04-05 12:45 PDT
File # 2017-0000
Twenty-two-year old, RCMP Auxiliary officer Mansoor SAHAK chose his career path carefully.
At a very young age, Mansoor and his family fled from the City of Kabul, Afghanistan, fearing for their life under the threat of the Taliban. During a period of civil war between rival militias, his parents struggled to find work as teachers and lived under constant fear. Mansoor recalls his parents telling stories of schools being burned to the ground and much of Kabul being laid to waste.
Thousand of people were being kidnapped and killed, said Mansoor.
Women were oppressed and education was full of prejudice and exclusion.
In 1996, Mansoor and his family had fled to Pakistan where life only slightly improved. With no money and minimal employment, Mansoor lived in a small house with 20 others. His father continued to teach as they lived in poverty.
We had no life and only the bare minimum, said Mansoor.
I shared one room with my mother, father, sister and two brothers. We needed out.
Finally in 2003, Mansoor and his family immigrated to Canada as refugees. His family did not speak English, had no money and their only possessions were the clothes they wore. With help from the Immigrant Services Society of BC, Mansoor's family was able to secure temporary lodging and employment for his father in a hardware store.
It was like being in a movie. It was all surreal at first, said Mansoor.
For the first time we were living in a free country.
In 2005, Mansoor met a Canadian police officer for the first time after a window in their home had been broken and a Burnaby RCMP officer arrived on scene to investigate.
The encounter with the RCMP officer was nothing like I ever experienced, said Mansoor.
The officer was kind and helpful and for the first time in my life, I thought of a career in law enforcement.
After highschool, Mansoor began volunteering at a Community Policing Office and completed his Law Enforcement Diploma at the BC Justice Institute where he was the youngest student in his class. In 2015, Mansoor became a volunteer Auxiliary Constable with the North Vancouver RCMP Detachment. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by the City of North Vancouver as both an RCMP cell guard and a City Bylaw Officer.
Throughout his service as a volunteer Auxiliary, Cst., Mansoor Sahak has been recognized by the North Vancouver RCMP Detachment for the role he has played strengthening the relationship between the RCMP and the growing Middle Eastern immigrant and Muslim communities on the North Shore.
In March 2017, Mansoor was accepted to the RCMP Cadet Training Program at Depot Division in Regina. Upon completion of the program, Cadet Sahak will graduate as Constable of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
North Vancouver RCMP officers and Auxilary Cst. Sahak have spent much of their time visiting local mosques and events like the Nowruz Festival. The North Vancouver RCMP is also scheduling information sessions for their officers to educate them on the customs and traditions of the Muslim faith and people of Iranian and Persian decent, both growing communities on the North Shore.
We were proud to welcome Mansoor to the Auxilary constable program in North Vancouver. He's been a tremendous asset to our community and I couldn't be prouder to learn that Mansoor was accepted to Depot, said Inspector Mike Bhatti, Operations Officer for the North Vancouver RCMP.
I especially want to bridge the gap between police and new immigrants in the communities I'll be serving, said Mansoor.
There are so many new refugees from war-torn areas of the world and they need to feel safe in Canada.
Mansoor is expected to begin his basic training in April.
In six months I hope to be proudly wearing the iconic red serge of Canada's National Police Force, the RCMP.
Cst. Brett CunninghamNorth Vancouver RCMP
147 E 14th St, North Vancouver RCMP
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