The Calgary Police Service says it has allowed hijabs as part of its official uniform for the past year and a half, but so far no officers have chosen to wear one.

"But we felt it was best to be prepared for that in advance, so they felt that they were a welcome member of the service," said Regimental Sgt. Maj. Rob Patterson, who is in charge of monitoring dress code.

Patterson said the only concern was the potential risk that, in a physical confrontation, a head covering could be used against an officer to choke her, but that was solved by a special design for police-specific hijabs.

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