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|Scotland Police Adds Hijab To Uniform by MrHackmed1(m): 6:32am On Jun 17, 2016 |
In a bid to encourage more Muslim women to join their forces, Police Scotland has announced plans to introduce hijab as part of its uniform, accommodating Muslims in the society.
“This year, it’s now 101 years since the first woman joined policing in Scotland,” Ch Insp Ann Bell of Police Scotland told BBC on Tuesday, June 7.
“Police Scotland are really keen to encourage more women to come and be police officers.”
Police Scotland figures showed that there were 127 applications from black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates in 2015-16. That was just 2.6% of the total number applying to work for the force.
The hijab is one of several measures aimed at breaking down “unnecessary barriers” for applications from Asian and black candidates.
The Metropolitan Police in London approved a uniform hijab more than 10 years ago.
“Really this is just another tool in our tool kit to encourage women from communities that perhaps haven’t seen policing as a career option previously to now start to think about that,” Bell added.
Welcome, The new plan was supported as a key solution to the under-representation problem.
Peter Blair, head of resource management at the force, said: “Police Scotland is committed to working with communities to encourage under-represented groups to consider policing as a career.
“Part of this involves removing unnecessary barriers, which include considerations about the officers’ uniform. As a result, work has been undertaken to source a uniform hijab. Such a hijab is worn by many officers in police forces in England and across the world and Police Scotland is keen to replicate this good practice.”
Fahad Bashir, chair of the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA), said the creation of a Police Scotland hijab was a “step in the right direction”.
“It’s not just about the hijab, but any religious headwear. It’s a productive thing on behalf of Police Scotland to make the organization be seen to be inclusive,” he said.
“From SPMA’s point of view, we’re fully supportive.
Brian Docherty, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, added: “Anything that can help increase diversity within the service is surely to be welcomed and I don’t see why anyone would have any problem with that.”
I hope religious leaders in Osun state can read this...that other religion believers in Scotland did not also insist they must put on their religion's attire before performing their official duties.
|Re: Scotland Police Adds Hijab To Uniform by youngest85(m): 7:13am On Jun 17, 2016 |
|Re: Scotland Police Adds Hijab To Uniform by MrHackmed1(m): 11:09am On Jun 17, 2016 |
Lie mohammed bloggers!
Sorry, I have added the source