The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, on Friday approved a new dress code for female police officers across the country.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Acting Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in Abuja.
Adejobi disclosed that the new dress code would permit policewomen to wear stud earrings and hijab under their berets or peak caps as the case may be while in uniform.
The police image maker stated that the dress code was unveiled during the meeting with strategic police managers on Thursday.
According to him, police have a workforce from every local government in the country with different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
“This, therefore, brings the need to guarantee inclusion, gender mainstreaming, ethnic and religious diversity in the workplace for optimum output and professionalism.
“This has informed the improvement for effective global workforce diversity management.
“Other countries that have adopted the same dress code include Canada, the United States of America, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and the United Kingdom,” he said.
He, however, conceded that the dress code was optional, adding that senior women police officers had been urged to ensure compliance with the approved standard for those who would adopt it.
Adejobi said the development was in line with international best practices, to address the growing concern for gender mainstreaming and respect for culture and diversity.