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The Columbus Police Division has decided to continue its ban on head scarves for officers.

"We want to interact with all members of the community without a preconceived notion of who we are," Deputy Chief Michael Woods said today.

"We strive to be a nonpolitical, nonreligious organization."

Division officials made the decision even though other police departments in North American cities have made accommodations for head scarves as they try to boost recruitment in communities that are becoming more diverse.


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