Scotland and Canada are to allow policewomen to wear hijabs, in an effort to recruit more Muslim women into the police force. Scotland police released a statement saying that the change in policy 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 Canadian Royal Mounted Police, an institution in themselves, also released a statement saying their policy allowing hijabs would “better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option.”
In America, some police departments also allow Muslim police officers to wear a hijab. One such police woman is Kadra Mohammed, an American Muslim of Somali descent, who wears the hijab and works in Minnesota. She is the first hijab-wearing police officer and also the first Somali female police officer.
Such changes in Scotland and Canada, where Muslims form a small minority, are a welcome and refreshing nod to inter-religious politics, and show that communities can be more tolerant of diversity if the change is supported by governmental policies.