Scotland police introduces hijab for Muslim officers

EDINBURGH: Scotland police is preparing to introduce the hijab as an optional part of its uniform to encourage more Muslim women to join the police force.

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The decision is part of the force’s Work Force Diversity Strategy plan which aims to recruit a more religiously and racially diverse work force into the police.

According to Herald Scotland, numbers reveal that only 2.6% of the applications received by police are from the minority groups; and that at least 650 people from ethnic minority groups need to be recruited for a correct representation of the 4% of Scotland’s minorities.

“Police Scotland is committed to working with communities to encourage under-represented groups to consider policing as a career. Part of this involves removing unnecessary barriers, which include considerations about the officers’ uniform. As a result, work has been undertaken to source a uniform hijab.” Said Peter Blair, head of resource management at Police Scotland while speaking to Herald Scotland.

Currently officers needs to take permission before wearing a hijab with the uniform. However, once it becomes an optional part of the uniform, no special permissions would be required.

The Metropolitan Police in London approved a uniform hijab more than 10 years ago.

“Anything that can help increase diversity within the service is surely to be welcomed and I don’t see why anyone would have any problem with that.” said, Brian Docherty, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation.

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