Now, Police Scotland has announced that the hijab will become part of its official uniform. The aim is to encourage a more “diverse” police force.
In a statement, the force said they hope making the hijab official will, “encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider,” reports The Independent.
Of the new uniform, chief constable Phil Gormley said, “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.”
Fahad Bashir, chair of the Scottish Police Muslim Association, said, “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,” adding that the move will “no doubt” encourage more Muslim women to join the force, according the The Independent.
Scottish Police released data earlier this year that reported 127, (2.6 per cent) of the 4,809 applications to join their ranks were from people with “ethnic” backgrounds.
Police Scotland has set a goal to match the national average of 4 per cent black and minority officers in the force, seeking to add an additional 650 minorities recruits.
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