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Scotland police allow hijab as optional uniform

Only 127 of the 4,809 applications to join the force -- 2.6 per cent -- were from people with ethnic minority backgrounds this year, the Police said. Photograph: (Getty)

WION London, United Kingdom Aug 25, 2016, 12.40 PM (IST)
Scotland police gave a green signal to wearing the hijab as an optional part of the uniform this week.

The step comes as an effort to encourage minority recruits, which amount to four per cent of the Scottish population.

London Metropolitan Police had allowed the hijab to be a part of Muslim women on duty in 2001.

"Like many other employers, especially in the public sector, we are working towards ensuring our service is representative of the communities we serve," Police Scotland chief Phil Gormley said in a statement on Tuesday.

"I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse," he added.

A string of other British forces - including in central and northern England where there are large Muslim communities - also allow the headscarf.

The Scottish Police Muslim Association welcomed the announcement, saying it "will encourage more females from Muslim and ethnic minority backgrounds to join Police Scotland".

Only 127 of the 4,809 applications to join the force - 2.6 per cent - were from people with ethnic minority backgrounds this year, the Police said.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

 
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