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Items of Religious Significance: Sikh Religion

Notice: This course was developed by the Toronto Police Service and has been made available to all police services via CPKN. Please note that this course may contain some TPS-specific information/policies.


Content Provider:
Toronto Police Service


Length (in hours)
30 minutes

Release Date
July 2020

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Canada is represented by a vastly diverse population. When police officers are dealing with individuals of various faiths, the respect granted to the individual should also be extended to religious customs and the items associated with those customs.

Developed by the Toronto Police Service, Items of Religious Significance: Sikh Religion will enhance officer awareness about the Sikh religion and the items associated with that faith. In addition to reviewing the five K’s (the Kesh, Kanga, Kara, Kachera, and the Kirpan) and how each of those items should be handled when encountered, this course will explore the role of women in the Sikh faith and the protocols that should be observed when entering a place of worship.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the Sikh religious requirements relating to the five Ks
  • List, describe, and explain the five K’s (the Kesh, Kanga, Kara, Kachera, and the Kirpan) and how to handle them
  • Describe the status of women in the Sikh faith
  • Describe and explain how to deal with important objects such as places/areas of worship in the Sikh faith
  • Summarize rules and procedures relating to items of religious significance
  • Explain how to best deal with an arrest involving a person practicing the Sikh religion

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Services, Student, Government and Other First Responders, Private Security

Content Provider

The content for this course was provided by Toronto Police Service (TPS).