Female police officers in Scotland officially have the option of wearing a hijab as part of their uniform. Religious headwear has always been an option for the officers and staff. But before, female Muslim officers were allowed to wear the traditional headscarf only after getting the approval of their superiors, the International Business Times reported. Police Scotland is not the first police force to do this. About a decade ago, the London Metropolitan Police approved the hijab as part of the officers' uniforms, as well. The move to officially include the hijab was done in hopes that more Muslim women will be encouraged to join the force, the BBC reported.
"This is a positive step in the right direction, and I am delighted that Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organization is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland," Fahad Bashir, the chair of the Scottish Police Muslim Association, said in a statement. "No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland." So far, Police Scotland only has six female Muslim officers in their ranks. However, none of the women wear the hijab either on or off duty, according to the BBC. People on social media celebrated the news, contrasting it with the controversy surrounding the banning of burkinis in 11 French cities.