By Stephanie Dubois

Edmonton police have approved a design for a hijab headscarf for female officers of Muslim faith.

The hijab design covers the head and neck, but not the face, according to a press release issued Friday.

EPS currently does not have any applicants requesting to wear a hijab but police wanted to be proactive and “reflect the changing diversity in the community, and to facilitate the growing interest in policing careers from Edmonton’s Muslim community,” as stated in the release.

“Regardless of race, culture, religion, or sexual orientation, it is important that anyone who has a calling to serve and protect Edmontonians, and passes the rigorous recruitment and police training standards, feel welcome and included in the EPS,” said Kevin Galvin, EPS Superintendent representing the Chief’s Muslim Community Liaison Committee in a release.

The EPS Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Unit, and the EPS Tactics Training Unit developed a prototype with the assistance of a hijab tailor. Police said the changes to the traditional garment have also been supported by members of Edmonton’s Muslim community.