In a bid to encourage women from Muslim communities to find policing as a career option, Police Scotland approves hijab as official uniform on muslim women.
Muslim police officers were previously only allowed to wear the hijab when it was approved by senior staff members.
This welcomed advancement comes 15 years after their counterparts in greater London, the metropolitan police approved hijab as part of its uniform but at a time when bans on full face veils or other clothing items for Muslim women that prevent identification is gradually spreading across the globe.
Countries like Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Kenya, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Congo, Nigeria and Turkey all have some type of bans placed on veil wearing most especially the Burka.
The rise in ban/controversy surrounding the hijab or veil wearing comes as a result of the increased terrorist attacks specifically suicide bombing.
Face coverings prevent the clear identification of a person, which is both a security risk, and a social hindrance within societies that heavily rely on facial recognition and expression in communication.
The chief constable in a statement from Police Scotland said he looked forward to welcoming support from the Muslim community as well as other communities as both police and staff.
He said the goal was ensuring police service is representative of the communities in which they serve in Scotland.
The announcement was welcomed by the Scottish Police Muslim Association. The associations chair, Fahad Bashir, welcomed Police Scotland’s move, calling it a positive step in the right direction.
He showed delight in the productive steps that would ensure Police Scotland is seen to be inclusive and representing of the diverse communities across Scotland.