Police officers permitted to wear turbans
9 Mar 2006, 19:10
Published: 09 Mar 2006 19:10 GMT+01:00
forms of religious or ethnic headwear on duty. RPS, the national police
board, has looked at the issue with DO, the ombudsman for ethnic
discrimination, and taken the decision as part of a new diversity policy.
However, the RPS is nevertheless setting certain conditions for the
wearing of head dresses.
One of the reasons for the new policy is that the police don't want to
exclude any sections of society from joining the force. DO studied the
RPS's diversity policy and found it to be inadequate. There was a lack
of guidelines on how the police should work to prevent and combat
discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity or religious beliefs.
But the RPS is still maintaining some form of control on the issue of
clothing. Skull caps, turbans and other forms of head dress must have an
"appropriate form and colour" in relation to the uniform. It's left to
individual officers to suggest what they think is appropriate. An
agreement is then reached with the employer on how the head dress should
The head dress should not deviate from health and safety regulations
The ombudsman for ethnic discrimination, Katri Linna, said in a press
release that a police officer in a religious head dress sent an