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“If you look at all Pakistanis that are first-generation, there’s very few of us out working government jobs,” Sabih Khan said.
Khan, 24, joined the Streamwood police force just a few months ago. He grew up in Pakistan and counts about a half-dozen officers from the Chicago Police Department among his Urdu-speaking fraternity. As far as he knows, he’s the first Urdu-speaking officer in the Northwest suburbs.
Adeel Faridi, 25, also hoped to use his Urdu language skills on the job. His family immigrated from Pakistan to Wheeling when he was 15. He recently submitted his name with the Hoffman Estates Police Department.
Before that, he worked in the emergency room at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates and saw how valuable Urdu has been in some emergencies.
“I just wanted to help the community I live in,” he said. . .
Reem Rahman, spokeswoman for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, noted many Urdu speakers are Muslim. She says there’s no price you can put on cultural understanding.
She said there are times when it’s important to respect modesty. “We’ve received cases of women having their head scarves removed in order to be photographed (by police).”
Many Muslim women continue the tradition of wearing a headscarf. Involuntary removal of the scarf would be a monumental sign of disrespect. (MORE)