EP #54: Chief Nishan Duraiappah – North America’s First Tamil Chief of Police

Chief Nishan Duraiappah (@chiefnishprp) is Peel Region’s Police Chief and the first police chief of South Asian descent in Ontario’s history (as well as the first police chief of Tamil descent in North America).

He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss moving from Sri Lanka to Toronto at a young age, how he bamboozled his parents to avoid being a doctor, lawyer or engineer, the value of relationships, the 2009 Tamil protest on the Gardiner Expressway, why young people shouldn’t let youth or failure detract them, and much more.

Follow Nishan:
– Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/chiefnishprp/)

*TAKE THE QUIZ – “What Type of Creator Are You?”**



00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Chief Nish
01:31 – A teacher introduced Chief Nish to a placement program at the local police station when he was 15
07:27 – What are the steps to becoming a police officer in today’s day and age?
10:18 – Are more Tamils joining the police work force?
13:20 – Starting his career off as an investigative undercover, some of the experiences he’s had
16:47 – 2009 Tamil protest on the Gardiner Expressway
18:31 – What his role as Chief of Peel entails and how he got the opportunity
23:15 – How has he reshaped his skillset overtime, why he emphasizes relationships
25:41 – Chief Nish’s engagement in media relations
28:36 – The incorporation of technology and innovation into the police force
32:58 – Advice Chief Nish would give someone looking to be a police officer
37:24 – Advice he would give his 16-year-old self
39:37 – How he’s raising his kids in comparison to how he was raised
43:41 – How Chief Nish wants to be remembered by friends and family
44:26 – Creator Confessions
46:58 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan