The Edmonton Police Service has now approved the option for female officers of Muslim faith to wear a police-issued hijab headscarf while in uniform.

EPS Supt. Kevin Galvin, representing the Chief's Muslim Community Liaison Committee, says: "Regardless of race, culture, religion, or sexual orientation, it is important that anyone who has a calling to serve and protect Edmontonians, and passes the rigorous recruitment and police training standards, feel welcome and included in the EPS."

Police say the traditional hijab is worn by some Muslim women as an outward expression of religious and cultural identity -- it covers the head and neck, but not the face. The force does not currently have any members or applicants requesting to wear the hijab.

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