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A Minnesota Police Department Now Allows Employees to Wear Hijab

Posted at: 03/01/2014 5:35 PM

St. Paul Police Department Allows the Wearing of Hijab
St. Paul Police Department Allows the Wearing of Hijab
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St. Paul police now allow employees to wear hijab

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The St. Paul Police Department is now allowing employees to wear a police-issued hijab headscarf.

St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1gJtpFc ) he knows of only one other department in Washington D.C. that allows the hijab in the United States.

Cities in Canada and Great Britain allow Muslim officers to wear police-issued hijabs while in uniform.

The Minnesota department announcement Saturday morning comes in tandem with the recent hiring of their first Somali woman, Kadra Mohamed. She serves as a Community Liaison Officer.

Although the Twin Cities has the nation's largest Somali-American population, Garaad Sahal was St. Paul's first and is still the only sworn Somali-American police officer, joining in late 2012.

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