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#HumansofWMP: Rani Gundhu, Police Constable

• #HumansofWMP series is a chance to find out more about the people who work for the force
• Focuses on the individual and not the job and shows the diverse range of people employed within our 10,000 strong workforce
• Diwali is celebrated by people who follow the Hindu, Sikh and Jainism faith − PC Rani Gundhu shares what Diwali means to her


“I joined West Midlands Police in the 1980s and I’m currently the longest serving female officer. 

“Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals and is celebrated all over the world. It is a time to understand the importance of good and how light wins over darkness. 

“I was taught, ‘no candle loses its light while lighting another candle’, and to never stop sharing, caring and helping others because it makes our life more meaningful. 

“I believe policing has allowed me to do this and throughout my service I have learnt that strength doesn’t come from what you can do. Strength actually comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t. 

“We have a come a very long way in embracing the beauty and richness of diversity in UK policing and these are very exciting times for WMP and the new generation of policing. Our opportunities, our assets and relationships are at the heart of all our people. 

“I sincerely wish the sparkle of Diwali and the beauty of the candlelight illuminates your minds and life. Wishing all the very best in health, happiness and prosperity especially to those that have lightened my journey and really made it all worth it.

“Happy Diwali to all."

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