The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that it will allow county jail inmates to wear religious head coverings, the first law enforcement agency in the state of Minnesota that has developed such a policy.

If individuals aren't a threat to safety and security, they can wear head coverings including but not limited to a yarmulke, hijab and kufi.

"This is an opportunity to be proactive rather than reactive," said Sheriff Rich Stanek. "I am extremely proud of our current efforts to recognize the religious rights and beliefs of all inmates; the addition of this policy enhances our efforts to be more culturally aware."

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