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Bexley Special sergeant receives MBE for 38 years of service

PUBLISHED: 13:43 27 October 2011

Gurcharan Singh Dhesi when he first joined the Met in 1973

Gurcharan Singh Dhesi when he first joined the Met in 1973

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A grandfather of five who is the longest serving Asian Met Police special sergeant has been awarded an MBE.

Gurcharan Singh Dhesi, 62, of Lower Road, Belvedere, has served the borough for 38 years and in April, he was one of the officers deployed to the Mall in London to police the royal wedding.

Another of his most memorable moments came in 1987 when he was forced to police members of his own community when worshippers turned violent in a Sikh temple in Belvedere.

He said: “There was a power struggle during an election between two factions of Sikhs who were looking to run the temple.

“I went there to pray and there was blood shed, it got out of hand and a system had to be deployed. “I put myself on duty, a man had his throat slit with a Sikh sword.

“That day, 58 arrests were made.”

The father of three, who spends from 700 to 1000 hours a year as a special officer, received his award from the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

He said: “I’m over the moon, it’s unbelievable, it’s something I never even thought about but it feels great to be recognised for what I’ve done in the community particularly being an ethnic minority.”

Mr Dhesi who has received other awards from the Met including a Commander’s commendation for services to the Special Constabulary, arrived in the UK in 1960 from the Punjab region of India. He has been involved in a number of youth projects across the borough including recently working as a youth leader in a centre in Charlton.

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