Constable Zeena Ali is the first member of the New Zealand Police to wear, as part of her uniform, a specially made hijab.
“It feels amazing to be able to go out and demonstrate the uniform hijab of the New Zealand Police since I was able to help in the design process,” Ali said.
The Royal New Zealand Police College staff arranged halal meals during preparation for her wing, according to the New Zealand Police’s social media, and made a prayer room open.
“I was able to wear long sleeves anytime I had to go swimming — a complete swimsuit.”
“The Christchurch terror attack unfolded whilst I was only preparing to get into the force, because if I were a fully-fledged constable, then I would have went down to help the victims and their families.”
Ali thinks the move would inspire more women to also apply to the military. Getting a scarf branded by the police means women who would not have considered policing before will do so now. It’s amazing because my faith and ethnicity have been adopted by the police.
Other services, such as the London Metropolitan Police and the Scottish Police, offer the alternative of a uniform hijab, according to the BBC.