Raj has worked within the criminal justice system for the last 13.5 years in a frontline and investigative capacity as a Municipal Police Officer in BC. Raj has extensive experience in gang enforcement, intervention and suppression, and has focused considerable time on intelligence gathering across the Lower Mainland. In 2014, he was recognized for his work with a departmental commendation for developing strategies to curb gang violence in his region. In 2021, he was recognized for his superior accomplishments in gang investigations by the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, Illinois with the Frederick Milton Thrasher Award.
Raj is part of a select group of Police Officers across Canada who is a certified instructor in criminal vehicle interdiction training that targets the “travelling criminal”. Raj has been a leader in the creation of a multi-agency working group between various government agencies that educate and train Canadian law enforcement officers in criminal vehicle interdiction. Raj is also a recognized instructor for the US Drug Interdiction Assistance Program that trains and educates law enforcement officers across the United States, and brings his extensive knowledge to his role as Trainer for Safer Schools Together.
Raj has a genuine passion for combining practical experiences with educational training and serves as a guest lecturer for post-secondary criminology departments. Raj’s dedication to his community has resulted in him being the recipient of community service awards for his commitment to the communities he has worked in.