Muslim Police in London Allowed to Wear Turbans

June 16, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 16, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle ran an Associated Press story reporting that "Muslim police officers in London will be allowed to wear turbans instead of 'bobby' helmets...The Association of Muslim Police had requested the change and the city's Metropolitan Police agreed, partly to encourage more Muslims to join the force. A spokesman for the force -- Britain's largest -- said Muslims account for less than 2 percent of London's 28,000 officers. The force operates in most of the city of 8 million people. Sikh police in London have been allowed to wear turbans instead of the traditional round helmet for several years. Last year, female Muslim officers were told they could wear headscarves on duty."