Police in Scotland said that the hijab will become part of its official uniform, as the country tries to create a more diverse police force.

Police in Scotland said that the hijab will become part of its official uniform, as the country tries to create a more diverse police force.

The decision aims to encourage Muslim women, who may previously not have considered policing as a career option, to reconsider.

Previous policy on wearing hijab as a policewoman in Scotland was that it could be allowed when approved by senior staff members.

The decision comes 15 years after Police Scotland introduced wearing hiab as a an optional part of their uniform in order to have a more diverse mixture of officers.

“I am delighted to make this announcement and welcome the support from both the Muslim community, and the wider community, as well as police officers and staff," chief constable Phil Gormley of Police Scotland said in a statement.

“Like many other employers, especially in the public sector, we are working towards ensuring our service is representative of the communities we serve. I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland," he added.

Fahad Bashir, chair of the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA), welcomed the announcement, saying: "This is a positive step in the right direction, and I am delighted that Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organization is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland."

There are 77,000 Muslims who live in Scotland, while the total population of the country is 5 million.