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St. Paul PD becomes one of nation's first to allow hijab headscarf

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Employees with the St. Paul Police Department can now wear a police-issued hijab headscarf, the Pioneer Press reports.

The department made the announcement Saturday, after hiring its first-ever uniformed Somali female employee this week, the paper says. Kadra Mohamed will serve as a community liaison officer.

According to the paper, St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith says the city joins at least one department in Washington D.C. as the only to allow a hijab.

The Pioneer Press also notes the Twin Cities has the largest Somali-American population in the nation, but prior to Mohamed, there was only one sworn Somali-American police officer on St. Paul's force: Garaad Sahal, who joined in 2012.

Last year, Edomonton approved hijabs for its Police Service, according to Huffington Post. And in 2009, UK police decided to allow the headscarf, the Muslim Herald reported.

A hijab is a head covering often worn by adult Muslim women while around men who are not part of their immediate family. BeliefNet says it is a form of modest dressing for women, conforming to the Islamic requirement that only a woman's face, hands and feet are revealed.

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