Amarjit Sanghera – known to everyone as Ammo – has been a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for 14 years bringing with him his skills from his previous careers in engineering and running his own business.
Ammo also joined an Asian Bhangra Band called DCS as a percussionist whilst working with Rolls Royce, the band was based in West Midlands and recorded over 10 albums and they toured the world.
Ammo is now a very familiar face on Leicester city centre and Clarendon Park beats but when he left school he was a chemical processor at Rolls Royce. He took a break to spend some time in India and when he returned opened his own newsagent and off license on the St Matthews Estate. One day he saw an advert in the local paper for Police Community Support Officers and was successfully selected for interview. However, on this occasion he wasn’t successful but was encouraged to try again and six months later he came top of all the candidates.
He said; “I hadn’t had a job interview since I’d left school so although I wasn’t successful the first time I learnt a lot from the experience, polished up my interviewing skills and did some research and came highest out of all the candidates the second time around.”
Ammo loves his job so much that his son is also a PCSO.
“I love my job so much. I like working in the community, listening to people and helping them solve their problems. I would definitely recommend it as a career to others.”
As an Initiated Sikh person (baptised) Ammo wears the 5K – Kesh (uncut hair) Kara (steel bracelet) Kanga (wooden comb) Kaccha (cotton underwear) and Kirpan (steel sword). He said; “Being a PCSO does not constrain you from carrying the five Ks – it is a myth that you can’t. I am proud to carry mine and feel that I am able to fulfil the saint-soldier philosophy which is important to the Sikh faith.
Ammo was also one of the founding members of the Leicestershire Sikh Police Association (LSPA) and a former Chair.