Yasir Bashir becomes Houston police first Muslim Police Chief

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Mr Bashir, who also appeared in a National Geographic feature on Muslims in America in 2018, will be the first Muslim assistant chief of police in the United States.

Born near Lahore, he came to the United States with his family in 1985, when he was only 8. Mr Bashir joined the police force in 2001 and was in the academy when 9/11 happened.

He was studying finance when someone urged him to try the police department and stay if he liked it. “I liked it so much that I went back to the university (of Houston-Clear Lake) and did a master’s in criminology,” he told.

The embassy of the US in Islamabad took to Twitter to make the announcement as well as congratulate Bashir. “Yasir Bashir, a Pakistani-American commander, was appointed Assistant Chief of Houston Police as Head of the family violence department. Bashir will be the first Muslim assistant chief of police in the United States,” the official tweet read.