SHAFAQNA- Since January, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) provides its Muslim officers the right to wear the hijab with their uniform.
The RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said in a briefing note to the Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale, that this measure is to enable the police force to better reflect the cultural diversity of the country and encourage Muslim women to enter the service of the RCMP.
RCMP becomes the third police force in the country to allow officers who wish to wear the hijab after Toronto police in 2011 and the Edmonton Police in 2013, said Commissioner Paulson in his note obtained by La Presse under the access to information Act.
“The decision to allow the hijab with the RCMP uniform is intended to better reflect the changing diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider police work as a career option,” says Bob Paulson in the note dated 14 January.
He pointed out that three kinds of hijab have been tested by the police in the last month and that the hijab has been retained can be removed quickly, is not bulky and therefore does not represent a risk to the officer who decide to wear it.
“Tests have shown that the hijab does not reduce the effectiveness of an officer in the exercise of its functions.” – The RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson
Internationally, other countries have also decided to allow police to wear the hijab as part of their duties, including Britain, Sweden and Norway, as indeed some US states, stressed the big boss of the RCMP. He recalled that the Canadian Armed Forces also allow Muslim women to wear it.