07 June 2016

Police Scotland 'adds hijab to uniform' to encourage Muslim women to join force

Police Scotland is preparing to introduce a hijab to its uniform in a bid to encourage more Muslim women to join the force.

The hijab, which covers the head and neck, has been ‘sourced and tested’ by police. It will now be presented to a uniform standards working group for consideration.

The proposals are designed to increase the number of Muslim women applying to join the force and address the under-representation of officers from ethnic minorities.

Figures revealed that just 2.6 per cent of the applications received by Police Scotland in 2015/16 were from black and Asian candidates.

The force would need to recruit a further 650 candidates from ethnic minorities to reflect the four per cent of the Scottish population who come from black and Asian backgrounds, something it says is currently 'unachievable'. [Herald Scotland] Read more