New Zealand has made a new addition to the police uniform. This new addition has pleased Muslims around the world.
The country’s police have introduced a hijab to their official uniform to motivate more Muslim women to join.
As per the details, recruit Constable Zeena Ali will be the first officer to wear the official hijab.
A spokesperson said that they aimed to create an “inclusive” service reflecting the country’s “diverse community”.
New Zealand Police said work to develop the hijab for its uniform began in late 2018 in response to a request from police staff who visited secondary schools.
Constable Zeena Ali was the first one to request it as a part of her uniform. She was invited to participate in the development process. She told a local news source that she decided to join the police after the Christchurch terror attack.
“I realized more Muslim women were needed in the police, to go and support people,” she told the national daily.
“It feels great to be able to go out and show the New Zealand Police hijab as part of my uniform,” she added. “I think that seeing it, more Muslim women will want to join as well.”
Other forces such as Metropolitan Police in London and Police Scotland have also offered an option of a uniform hijab.