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.
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.