The hijab is now an official part of police uniform in Scotland
Police Scotland has announced that the hijab will become part of its official uniform as it aims to create a more diverse force. The force said they hope the move will “encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider”. In the past, Muslim police officers in Scotland were allowed to wear the hijab, but only once it was approved by senior staff members.

Meanwhile in Scotland, a wonderful move towards inclusion!

As France debates the burkini, Scotland will allow its police officers to wear a hijab.

As French police crack down on the now-banned swim garment, fining women thousands of dollars, authorities in Scotland are taking a different approach to religious garb. Scotland police announced Tuesday via its official Twitter account the hijab was officially an “optional part” of police uniform.

Scotland National Party MP Tasmina Sheikh called the French ban on burkinis “deplorable” to BuzzFeed, saying police shouldn’t have the right to tell women what or what not to wear. Scotland’s new policy, the Sheikh tweeted, is “a very welcome contrast.” This could also have wonderful effects on the Scottish police force.

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