Police chiefs in Amsterdam are considering allowing female Muslim officers to wear headscarves, the AD said on Thursday.
Currently police officers are not allowed to wear any religious symbols but officials are considering lifting the ban in an effort to improve diversity.
'We are talking about it,' the city's most senior officer Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told the paper. 'If we cannot recruit sufficient officers with a migrant background, this is a measure which could have an impact.'
Aalbersberg says half of the city's police force should have an ethnic minority background to better reflect the city's population. Currently some 52% of the city's residents have 'non-Dutch' roots, compared with 18% of police officers.