Canadian police force to permit headscarves

The police force of Edmonton, Alberta, looks likely to permit Muslim women police officers to wear the headscarf as early as the start of 2014.

Canadian police force to permit headscarves

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, are planning to incorporate special headscarves for female Muslim police officers as part of the uniform. The National Posts suggests the new measure could be applied as early as the beginning of 2014.

"Several prototypes have been created and are now being tested to ensure officer safety and other considerations," the department said in an statement. "It is important that anyone who has a calling to serve and protect Edmontonians, and who passes rigorous police training standards feel welcome and included in the EPS."

Edmonton will follow Toronto’s lead after Toronto also introduced headscarves for Muslim women who work for the police force in 2011. Back then, Mona Tabesh became "the first woman to wear a headscarf in a Toronto Police Service uniform."

The move is a positive step in Canada’s slow but gradual evolution in accepting religious symbols, having already accepted the Sikh turban in 1990, despite a completely reverse situation in the state of Quebec, which is in the process of banning the headscarf.

London’s Metropolitan Police first opened the doors for headscarved Muslim women in 2001, and has encouraged many other police forces around the world to also cater for Muslim women.

The Canadian Border Services Agency and the armed forces already accept the headscarf as part of the uniform.

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