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Last Updated: Monday, 16 June, 2003, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Met amends Muslim dress code
Police officer in a turban
The dress code was amended in response to requests from officers
Muslim police officers who normally wear a turban are now able to wear one when they are in uniform.

The Metropolitan Police Service has amended its dress code in response to requests from officers.

Sikh police officers have been able to wear turbans while in uniform for many years and since 2002 female Muslim officers have been permitted to wear the hijab.

Mohammad Mahroof, secretary general of the Association of Muslim Police, who wears a turban himself, welcomed the decision saying the turban was an important part of Muslim life.

"The Met has recognised this importance and the move should further strengthen its efforts to reflect the community it serves," said Mr Mahroof.

Head of Human Resources Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "It is only right that the Met ensures that its uniform is appropriate for all its staff.

"I hope that it encourages more Muslims to consider the police service as a career."


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