Scotland allows women police officers to wear hijab

Scotland’s police have announced on Wednesday that the hijab will be part of its official uniform, in hopes of recruiting more Muslim women and creating more diversity.

After Canada allowed its officers to wear hijabs as part of their uniforms, Scotland’s police have announced on Wednesday that the Islamic head cover will also be part of its official uniform in hopes of recruiting more Muslim women and creating more diversity, Al Arabiya reported.

In a statement, the Scottish police said this move will “encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider,” reported The Independent.

While Muslim police officers in Scotland were allowed to wear the hijab, today’s announcement made it official. Previously, it was only allowed after being approved by senior staff members.

“I am delighted to make this announcement and welcome the support from both the Muslim community and the wider community, as well as police officers and staff,” chief constable Phil Gormley said.

“I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland,” he added.

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