- Fazilatun Nessa immigrated to the U.S. when she was 21, and juggled two jobs while studying English.
A New York Police Department officer made history on May 19 by becoming the first Bangladeshi American woman to be appointed sergeant in the department. Fazilatun Nessa immigrated to the U.S. when she was 21, and juggled two jobs while studying English,” according to a tweet by NYPD News. The official Facebook pages of NYPD News and the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka celebrated Nessa’s achievement on the occasion of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM).
“Sgt. Nessa is an inspiration to the Bangladeshi community and especially to our female officers who aspire to move up the ranks.,” said a Twitter post by the Bangladeshi American Police Association at the NYPD. “You are motivating our females to join #NYPD.
Last month, Bangladeshi American officer Sazedur Rahman was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Apart from Rahman, four other Bangladeshi American police officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant. They are Abu Taher Firoz, Mohammed Choudhury, Md. Samsuddin, and Rajib Bhowmik. Earlier in January, Bangladeshi American Shamsul Haque was promoted to the rank of Lt. Commander in the Detective Squad of NYPD, a first for any Bangladeshi in the police department. He was also the first South Asian to achieve the rank in NYPD.