The most senior Asian woman in the Metropolitan Police was among those honoured at awards to celebrate positive female Asian role models.
Sophie Raworth gave Ch Insp Sandhu her award
Ch Insp Parm Sandhu won the Public Sector Award - in part for her work in the aftermath of the 7 July bombings.
The winners of seven other awards were also announced at the Asian Women of Achievements Awards finals in London.
Patron Cherie Blair presented inventor Damini Kumar with the Young Achiever Award at the Park Lane Hilton ceremony.
Sophie Raworth, presenter of the One O'Clock News on BBC One, gave Ch Insp Sandhu her award.
The Duke of Kent and actress Nina Wadia also attended.
The awards' patron Cherie Blair arrived with founder Pinky Lilani
Ms Kumar, 29, of Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, designed non-drip tea pot, the d-pot.
A shortlist of 46 had been drawn from more than 200 nominations for the awards, founded by chef Pinky Lilani.
The managing editor of Muslim magazine Q-News won the Media Professional of the Year Award.
Fareena Alam also writes for the Observer and the Guardian newspapers.
Born to Bangladeshi parents in London in 1978, she grew up in Singapore.
Essex's Club Asia Radio founders and directors, sisters Sumerah Ahmad and Humerah Khan, won Entrepreneurs of the Year.
Accountancy graduate Humerah and Sumerah, a law graduate with an NVQ in film and video production, won Best New Business in the UK at the 2005 Start-up Starts Awards.
Bend It Like Beckham star, writer Shaheen Khan, won with the Arts & Culture Award.
Anila Wickramasinghe, founder and chief executive of Chelsea-based ReOrient Legal, won Business Woman of the Year.
Celine Samarasinhe, founder of two community nursing services in Sri Lanka, and Aysin Yilmaz, of the Turkish Women's Philanthropic Association of England, shared the Social & Humanitarian Award.
Nazneen Rahman, professor of Childhood Cancer Genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, Surrey, won Professional of the Year.
While Professor Jane Jang, of the University of Huddersfield's Centre for Precision Technologies won Outstanding Woman of Achievement.