Minority groups would like to see police uniform rules changed to allow religious head coverings, reports an Yle documentary. In neighbouring Sweden police can already wear religious headgear, but Finland is unlikely to follow the neighbouring force's lead in the near future at least.
A Muslim woman was asked during her interview to join the Police training school, how she would react if she was not allowed to wear a headscarf during working hours. She suggested that the matter could be resolved by negotiating a form of headscarf that would be compatible with the police uniform.
"In the interviewer's opinion it was not possible to negotiate, and I didn't get in to the school," said the 38-year-old woman. "I have always wanted to join the police and now I've been forced to give up on my dream. The scarf is my identity and religion; I cannot give it up during working hours."