According to the U.S. Postal Service, naming postal facilities in honor of important local and national individuals dates back to the 1960s and is now one of the most common forms of legislation enacted in Congress.
U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston, proposed House Resolution 5317 to propose the post office facility at 315 Addicks Howell Road, Houston, be renamed the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office. The entire Texas delegation co-sponsored Fletcher’s bill, according to a press release.
Dhaliwal was a 10-year veteran of the HCSO and was remembered for his faith and service to the community at a memorial last October. He was also the first Sikh American in Texas to receive a policy accommodation to wear articles of faith, including his turban and beard, while serving.
“Deputy Dhaliwal established deep, meaningful connections with the community he bravely served,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a statement. “On behalf of the men and women who proudly served at his side, I want to thank Congresswoman Fletcher for working to honor Deputy Dhaliwal by putting his name on a building that is so integral in strengthening connections in our society.”