“By reflecting the communities we serve and appreciating the diversity in thinking, we aim to achieve better problem solving and better results,” New Zealand Police said in a statement.
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Agent Zeena Ali, 30, who joined law enforcement after the Christchurch terrorist attack in March 2019, said she was excited to be able to wear the hijab at work. According to her “seeing this, other Muslim women will also want to get involved (…) I am proud to wear it and I hope other people will be too”.
New Zealand police affirmed that they worked with Massey University’s School of Design and the young woman herself to come up with a Hijab that meets police security requirements.