stanfordIn 1880s, Shanghai Municipal councilors lively debated a new proposal on the agenda – recruiting Sikh policemen from India. Hong Kong colony had already employed the Sikhs and the system of foreign security  was working well there. Two Shanghai Municipal councilors however were totally opposed to the idea of hiring Sikhs for Shanghai’s international settlement, expressing language difficulties as an obstacle in the way of smooth security operations.

Yet, it seems, to allay the fears of the settlements residents, the first few Sikhs were hired for Carter road police station in 1880’s. The first Sikh sergeant came from Hong Kong.