Police Scotland says Muslim hijab will become an optional part of its uniform

The hijab will become an optional part of Police Scotland’s uniform, it has been announced.

Officers and staff have always had the option to wear religious headwear but the force’s announcement today formally ratifies the Police Scotland hijab.

It will also encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider.

A hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, and is worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside their immediate family.