Wellington, 18 November (IANS) The New Zealand Police have included the hijab in its official uniform to encourage more and more Muslim women to join the department.
Recently recruited constable Jenna Ali will become the first officer to wear the official hijab.
According to the BBC report, a spokesperson said that their aim is to provide an inclusive service reflecting the country’s diverse community.
Other forces also provide the option of hijabs with uniforms, including the London Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland.
In 2006, the Metropolitan Police in London in Britain and Police Scotland approved the hijab in 2016. In 2004, Maha Sukkar of the Victoria Police in Australia wore a hijab.
The New Zealand Police said the work to include hijabs for their uniforms began in late 2018 in response to a request made to police staff visiting secondary schools.
Constable Ali was the first recruit to make a request as part of his uniform and was invited to participate in the development process.
Constable Ali, who was born in Fiji and came to New Zealand as a child, told the New Zealand Herald that he had decided to join the police after the Christchurch terror attack.
She told National Daily, I realized that more Muslim women are needed in the police to support the people.
MNS / SGK