Both UW-Madison and city police say they would permit their officers to wear hijabs while on duty, a move that sets them apart from other departments around the country that either do not allow officers to wear religious head coverings or do not have a clear policy on the matter.
UW-Madison Police Department spokesperson Marc Lovicott said the department's policy does not "directly address the wearing of hijabs," but allows for "uniform modifications" with the approval of the chief. UWPD Chief of Police Kristen Roman said she would permit an officer to wear the hijab for religious reasons, according to Lovicott.
Madison Police Department's standard operating guidelines say that "scarves are allowed, as are head covers that are required for religious or medical purposes, with a Commander's approval." MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain confirmed that the department is "tolerant of officers and their religious beliefs."