Scotland Police announced that ‘Hijab’ will be an official part of their uniform as it aims to create a more diverse force.
The Metropolitan Police introduced the ‘Hijab’ as an optional part of the force’s official uniform in 2001 as part of a similar drive to recruit a more diverse mix of officers.
Chief Constable of Scotland Police Phil Gormley excitedly made the announcement. He asserted that “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.”
“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.”
The announcement was welcomed by the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA), a group that aims to build links between Muslim communities in Scotland and the police.
Fahad Bashir, chairperson of the SPMA said: “This is a positive step in the right direction, and I am delighted that Police Scotland is taking productive steps to ensure that our organization is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland.
He added, “No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland”.