New Delhi: Police Scotland has announced that it has made hijab or the headscarf the optional part of it’s uniform, laying the pavement for more effective recruitment of Asian people to represent the police.

Earlier, new recruits into the Police Scotland had to seek permission before wearing the hijab to work. Now, it is formally a part of the police uniform.

“Like many other employers, especially in the public sector, we are working towards ensuring our service is representative of the communities we serve. 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,” said Police Scotland’s Chief Constable Phil Gormley. 

The move comes ten years after the Scotland Yard officially announced that hijab would be part of the official uniform of the Scotland Yard.

“This is a positive step in the right direction, and I am delighted that Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organisation is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland. No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland,” Scottish Police Muslim Association’s chairman Fahad Bashir said on the announcement.

As of now, there are six female Muslim officers working with the Police Scotland who do not wear hijab whether they’re at work or not.

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