Met permits turbans for Muslim police

Metropolitan police is set to allow male Muslim officers to wear turbans while
on duty.

capital’s force said the change in policy was in response to pleas from serving
Muslim officers who wanted to wear their turbans at work.

officers have been allowed to wear turbans with their uniforms for several years,
and female Muslim officers have had permission to wear traditional head dress
since last year.

move is also intended to improve ethnic minority recruitment and help the Met
hit tough diversity targets.

force hopes to meet diversity targets of 6.6 per cent by the end of the year,
and the Home Office has set a target of 25 per cent by 2009.

By Ross Wigham

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