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UK police test run hijabs with anti-grab technology

Leicestershire Police have given the hi-tech headwear to a Muslim officer with a view to rolling them out to female cops on the frontline.

A police force in the United Kingdom is test running sporty anti-grab hijabs to attract more Muslim women.

Leicestershire Police have given the hi-tech headwear to a Muslim officer with a view to rolling them out to female cops on the frontline.

Bosses hope the covering will not only improve the safety of female officers but also encourage more Muslim women to join the force.

They are made from technical sports material and are fastened by magnetic buttons for quick release if a thug attempts to grab the hijab.

The hijab is designed to sit comfortably with police issued headwear such as caps and radio ear pieces.

New Zealand Police introduced them into their uniform last November and they are now expected to be rolled out to forces in the UK. Student Officer Khadeejah Mansur, who joined the force in October, is trialling the new-look hijab.

She said: “Wearing the hijab had made me very comfortable and complements my uniform very well, it is comfortable and far from restricting.

“Once fellow Muslim females see myself as a frontline hijab wearing officer, I hope it will inspire them to look at a career in policing as there are no restrictions or setbacks.’

Detective Constable Yassin Desai said they had been looking for the right design for a number of years.

He said: “It’s really important for our Muslim officers who wear the hijab. Operationally, a standard hijab is needed.

“More importantly it will help attract other Muslim females to become police officers.” (UK Metro)

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