New Zealand Police have introduced a hijab into their official uniform to encourage more Muslim women to hitch .
New recruit Constable Zeena Ali will become the primary officer to wear the official hijab.
A spokesperson said they aimed to make an “inclusive” service reflecting the country’s “diverse community”.
Other forces like the Metropolitan Police in London and Police Scotland offer the choice of a consistent hijab.
In the UK, the Metropolitan Police in London approved a consistent hijab in 2006 with Police Scotland following in 2016. In Australia, Maha Sukkar of Victoria Police wore a hijab in 2004.
New Zealand Police said work to develop the hijab for its uniform began in late 2018 in response to an invitation from police staff who visited secondary schools.
Constable Ali was the primary recruit to request it as a part of her uniform and was invited to require part within the development process.
Constable Ali, who was born in Fiji and moved to New Zealand as a toddler , told the New Zealand Herald she decided to hitch the police after the Christchurch terror attack.
“I realised more Muslim women were needed within the police, to travel and support people,” she told the national daily.
“It feels great to be ready to leave and show the New Zealand Police hijab as a part of my uniform,” she added. “I think that seeing it, more Muslim women will want to hitch also .”
Source: BBC News