New Zealand police, in agreement with its government, has come up with a new initiative in the police department so as to encourage Muslim ladies to join the security agency.
The country’s police had their female official uniform customized with hijab for Muslim ladies so as to encourage their willingness to join the force. The newly designed uniform was first worn by the New Zealand New recruit Constable, Zeena Ali.
Speaking on the development, a spokesperson of the force said they aimed to create an “inclusive” service reflecting the country’s “diverse community”. New Zealand Police revealed it commenced work on the newly customized uniform in 2018 following a request from police staff who visited secondary schools.
It was reported that Constable Ali was the first recruit to request for the hijab uniform and she was lucky to be the first to wear it.
Speaking to newsmen after the development, Constable Ali revealed she developed an interest in joining the police after the Christchurch terror attack.
She said; “I realised more Muslim women were needed in the police, to go and support people,”
“It feels great to be able to go out and show the New Zealand Police hijab as part of my uniform,” she added. “I think that seeing it, more Muslim women will want to join as well,” Ali added.